Beecroft Road – Cheltenham (west side-even numbers)

150, Lauriston (originally Fremblik), is a Federation bungalow that was built around 1902 by Christian Nielsen Lykke (1851-1946). Lykke had arrived in Sydney aboard the Trevelyan as a 26 year old Danish carpenter. He married Ada J Wilkinson in 1881 and worked as a cabinet maker in Darlington. He purchased this land in 1891 [1]. The name Fremblik is Danish for “presentation.”

Between 1904 and 1919 it was the home of Michael Joseph Thomas (“Thomas”) Perry (1872-1939) who was an employee of the Australian Drug Company. Perry and his wife, Frances Elizabeth Maughn (nee Newton, had a son Corporal Vernon Michael Stanley Perry who served and was wounded in WW1. He enlisted as a 19 year old electrical engineer [2].

By early 1919, Whitfield (“Whit”) King (1880-1949) and his family lived in the house which they renamed as Lauriston – perhaps named after Lauriston Castle in Edinburgh. In 1933 he is described as a wool expert while working for (some 54 years) with Winchcombe Carson. His son Frederick was a wool valuer. His widow Lucy Manildra continued to live in the house until 1954 when she moved to Lindfield and died in 1973.

The house is listed on the Hornsby Shire Council Heritage Register which comprises Schedule 5 (Environmental Heritage) of the Hornsby Local Environment Plan 2013.

[1] Land Titles Office, Register Book Vol.1015 Fol. 179
[2] T Cuneen, Beecroft and Cheltenham in WW1 (Deerubbin Press, Hornsby, 2006) pp 18, 26, 41, 62, 67, 71.

152, Quambi and then Chislehurst, is a good quality federation style house with an Anglo-Indian bungalow influence evident in the central roof ventilator and wide verandah. Quambi means ‘place of shelter’. It was built between 1906 and 1910 and features a ballroom, a croquet lawn and a tennis court. The addition of a high fence and gates, understandable for its location, conceals this beautiful house. This was the home of a law stationer, Thomas Sherrington Kenyon (1863-1935) and his family, who lived here from at least 1907 until 1919. The Kenyons bought and sold land throughout the District. He was a member of the Beecroft Progress Association in 1909 [1].
After they sold, it was the home to a succession of medical practitioners who retained the house with the first re-naming it as Chislehurst: Dr Wesley John Janner (1921 to 1923), Dr Stewart Shirlow (1923 to 1930) and Dr Charles Henry Oliver (1932). Following the death of dr Oliver in 1935 his widow (Alice Mabel) continued to live in the house until 1936.
In 1937 the house was occupied by Rupert Clarence Symons (builder), and a gardener, James Robert Goodin.
By 1943 it was occupied by William Barrington Rothwell and family.

The house was again put up for sale in 2013 [2].

The house is listed on the Hornsby Shire Council Heritage Register which comprises Schedule 5 (Environmental Heritage) of the Hornsby Local Environment Plan 2013.
[1] Daily Telegraph, 6 December 1919, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 April and 18 August 1923.

[2] 152 Beecroft Road, Cheltenham, NSW 2119 –, accessed 07 August 2023.

154, Maroo and then Mulwaree, built in 1902 for Alfred Higgs by the architect Joseph Seale. The builder was Arthur Robson. It has an interesting mix of roofing materials: Marseilles tiles on the main roof, slate on the verandah roof and timber shingles on the gable ends. The double garage with billiard room is an addition. Higgs wife, Alice Mary, died here in 1914. He died in the house in 1942. Their children, Margaret and Arthur continued living in the house until 1949 when they relocated to 2 The Boulevard, Cheltenham.
156, Karinga (now 6 Mason Avenue) was the home from 1913 to at least 1933 of Robert H Broderick who was the City Architect. His son Norman grew up in this home and went on to be an architect, like his father and designed amongst other buildings, St Andrews Anglican Church, Beecroft Road Cheltenham.
158 Rutherglen. From 1907 to 1916 this was the home of Neil B Livingston. From 1920 Neil moved to Oban 1 Mason Avenue and from then to 1933 by John D Copes and his widow.
In 1935 Arthur Thomas Hannam rented the property which was sold in 1939. In 1943 it was the home of Bernard Theodore Ruting, clerk, and his family.
The house is listed on the Hornsby Shire Council Heritage Register which comprises Schedule 5 (Environmental Heritage) of the Hornsby Local Environment Plan 2013.
160 Charlton and then Madeley, was the home of John Hutchison from 1901. Then Alexander Gaxer Campbell (accountant) and his family from at least 1913 to 1926. From at least 1933 it is the home of Basil Brooke Childe Hughes (retired headmaster). He died in 1947.
162, Carinya and then Crichel, was the home in 1907 of George Eaton, from 1908 to 1916 of Henry Wicks. From 1920 to 1932 of William Reginald Cave JP. In 1933 it was purchased by William Wickham Millner, civil servant of the Millner family of Washington H Soul Pattinson living elsewhere in Cheltenham. They were still in the house until the early 1970s. It was then the home of Peter Joy Christian, pharmacist, and his wife Joy. Peter was a President of the Fellowship of First Fleeters. Following Peter’s death, Joy sold the house in 2019.
164, Sherbourne and then Yantara, was the residence of Mrs Hart from 1908 and then Alfred G Giles from at least 1913 to 1919 and then George A Blumer JP from 1923 to at least 1947. Blumer called it Yantarra. Blumer had worked in the Education Department from 1878 and in 1923 was elected president of the Inspector’s Institute.
166, Hillcrest, was the home in 1906 of Sophia Budden and then from at least 1913 to after 1933 of Horace Evers a commercial traveller for Paterson, Laing and Bruce Ltd. He died in 1941 and his widow, Evelyn, remained until 1958. In 1977 it was the home of Dr Michael John Price.
168, Montford was the home from 1908 of William Nutty and then by his widow from 1920. From 1923 it was leased and occupied by Mr William Moses and then from 1925 by Gordon Harris. From at least 1933 it is the home of Charles Blumer, headmaster. In 1943 it was the home of William Edward Lego a musician.
It is now the site for a group of town houses called The Gables.
170, Birkenhead and then Lynlee and Bermuda was first occupied in 1908 by Captain Alex Robinson (ship’s captain for Howard Smith) until 1921. He leased it in 1915 to Richard Humphies until 1916 when until 1918 it was the residence of W Vincent. The property was sold in 1922 to Matthew Lindsay who re-named it Lynlee. In 1937 it was occupied by Nellie Kaye Hutchinson and then in 1943 by Alexander Bowie, police constable.
The house is listed on the Hornsby Shire Council Heritage Register which comprises Schedule 5 (Environmental Heritage) of the Hornsby Local Environment Plan 2013.
172 at various times Dacotah and then Merrimax, was the home of George A Park and his wife Clara from at least 1902. In 1903 Mrs Park donated a fine American organ to the Beecroft Presbyterian Church. They sold the home in 1905. It was then owned:
1906 Thomas F W Early
1907 Edwin Smith
1913 Montague S Kerr
1914 Rev W A Harris-Walker
1915 Montague S Kerr
1917 James H Coyle
1918 Ernest Frederick Liley
1920 Frank E Humphries,
1925 Joseph Allan
1930 H J McCoy
1932 Henry Hincks
1933 to 1940 Casper Wye Rayner, engineer who opened the service station, newsagency and store.
1943 Frederick Seddon, storekeeper.
At one earlier stage it was also the site of the garage of Leslie Smith who lived in 213 Beecroft Road.
This site is claimed to be the only commercial operations in Cheltenham – comprising a small general store and a petrol pump from about 1922 until the 1970s. In the 1950s the service station was one of the few in Sydney that was not tied to only selling the petrol from one petrol company. Such was local feeling about a commercial activity in Cheltenham that daughters of early residents told of having to send the family maid or daily help to this store to purchase hair pins as they were forbidden to be seen to patronise this store. In fact, it isn’t the only site of commercial activity as, in the early 1930’s there was also a car hire business and a real estate agent located near the railway station in The Crescent.
174 Ascot and then Roldor and Lorric. This was the home from at least 1912 to 1933 of George Redshaw. In 1925 it was also the home of George H A Matthews.
The house is listed on the Hornsby Shire Council Heritage Register which comprises Schedule 5 (Environmental Heritage) of the Hornsby Local Environment Plan 2013.
178, Glengaven was built in 1904 [1]. From at least 1907 to 1913 it was occupied by Charles Judson, carrier and his family. From at least 1913 it was the home of Algernon Sydney Melville Johnson JP and his family until at least 1933. Johnson was an accountant in the Office of Inspector-General of Lunacy. He also became a trustee of Cheltenham Park. While he died in 1933 his widow continued to live in the house into the 1940s.
[1] Northern District Times, Property Supplement, 20 June 2018.
182, Norella was the home from at least 1908 to 1911 of Alfred Windeyer. The Windeyer family later moved to Lot 64 Murray Farm Road. From at least 1915 to 1917 it was occupied by Harold R Cooper JP and then by Henry Kingsbury Cooper (1869-1950) until 1950. This house was sold in 2022.
186 had an extension to the house built by T P Milner in 1954.
188 was built by Agnes F McNicol in 1933.
190, Coo-ee formerly Hillside Villa was the home from at least 1906 of Helen Kenway, nurse. Nurse Kenway provided care of ‘delicate children.’ In 1912 it was the home of Harold Lewis Ashurst Whittle a teacher of pianoforte at Palings Music Store in Sydney and his family. Then Peter Gilroy until 1920, then Herbert R Rothwell in 1923 and Frederick Hewitt from 1924 until after 1933.
194, was the home from at least 1935 of George William Williams Solicitor and his family. This property was sold in 2023.
196 was the home of Ralph C Stanger and family from 1932. Previously they had lived nearby in 200 Vidor. Stanger had been a Methodist Minister in Lismore. In Cheltenham he was active in the Epping Methodist Church and gave his occupation as a builder. Of his three daughters Kathleen married Richard Thomas Golby of Cheltenham; Mollie married John Surgeon of 181-183 Beecroft Road Cheltenham and Enid married Eric David Young of Cheltenham. He died in 1943 but his widow Ethel continued to live in the house until her death in 1949.
198, was the home from at least 1943 by Russell T Goddard.
200, Vidor was the home from 1921 to 1926 by Victor J Wilson; 1927 by L H Beattie; 1930 to 1931 by Ralph Carey Stanger and then from 1931 to at least 1933 of Rowland Edward Lording. Lording had moved from Hillstan in Old Beecroft Road. Thereafter Edwin Henry Scaysbrook lived her e and in 1943 Robert Bissett Paton.
202 was the home from 1943 of Claude W P Selvey.
204, Illaboo formerly Tyraman, was the home from 1913 of John Patrick (Jack) Drinan glazier and his family. The property was listed for sale in 1919 and 1920. By at least 1925 to at least 1933 it was occupied by of John Harry Rothwell (1856-1956), produce merchant, and his family. From 1936 to at least 1949 it was the home of Lieutenant Colonel John Martin Hawkey MC and his wife Annie Louise (nee Krinks). Hawkey was born on 12 October 1877 at Camden Park Estate where his father (and subsequently a brother) was farm manager to the Macarthur family. A sister became ladies maid to Mrs Macarthur Onslow of Gilbulla Camden [1]. His parents had arrived from Cornwall in the early 1860s [2] and eventually had at least 13 children.
Hawkey attended Camden Public School and left to become a farrier. He served in the South African Boer War as a Farrier Sergeant in the Camden Squadron of Mounted Rifles and returned to Australia in 1901 [3]. He joined the permanent army and was a military staff instructor at the Paddington Barracks when he married at St Michaels Church of England (now Anglican) Surry Hills to Annie Louisa Krinks, a corsetiere living near to the Barracks in Paddington, on 27 September 1905.
He embarked to travel to the Western Front in World War 1 in 1916. He was Adjutant to the 33rd Battalion. He was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Military Cross in 1918 “for continued and splendid service as Adjutant since the formation of the Battalion” [4]. He served during the particularly bloody battle of Passchendale on 12 October 1917. He returned to Australia in 1919 and remained in the Army. His final role was Instructor Australia Army Ordnance Corps 2nd District Base from 1930 to his discharge in 1936.
Upon his discharge now Lieutenant Colonel Hawkey and his wife moved to Cheltenham. Interestingly their daughter in law had been a Doris Rothwell – sharing the name of the family who sold them their home [5].
While retired Hawkey was the Rector’s Warden and Secretary of St Andrews Church of England Cheltenham. Hawkey came from a family of active church goers and he maintained his responsibilities as a Christian.
The Hawkeys had one child, Kenneth John Hawkey (1909 – 1996) who went on to become a bank officer. While the son moved around the State with his job, when posted to Sydney they lived nearby at 17 Rosebank Avenue Epping in the 1936 and 1949 Electoral Rolls.
The Hawkeys finally returned to live in Camden where he died in 1958 [6].
[1] Camden News, 25 March 1954 p 8
[2] Camden News, 31 July 1952 p8
[3] Camden News, 21 February 1901 p2
[4] Commonwealth Gazette No 57, 18 April 1918
[5] Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June 1933 p 12.
[6] Obituary Sydney Morning Herald, 18 June 1958.
208, Kyola, was the home from 1913 of Ernest Fleming Willans and his family. Then from 1925 to after 1933 of Townsend Neville (James) Somerville. Later in 1934-1935 it was the home of Rudolf Kehrli and then in 1943 Josef Ackerman, engineer.
210, Askham and then Cheltan, was the home from at least 1913 to 1936 of William Barraclough, Royal mint operator and his family. In 1943 it was the home of Florence Crabb.
212 Argyle was the home of Arthur R Munro from 1918 to 1923. The Munro family moved to 78 The Crescent Cheltenham which they also called Argyle. In 1924-1925 it was the home of John L Fitpatrick. In 1926-1927 by William Freeman and then in 1932, Alexander John Coster (Snr)(poultry farmer) and his family. Then in 1943 until at least 1958 by Leonard Joseph Turner, storeman, and his family.
216 This property was sold in 2024.
218 was the dairy of George Henry Cowper from at least 1930 to 1933. The dairy was then purchased by Thomas George Janes and his grandfather George. They were declared bankrupt in 1935. The business was then acquired by Harman Turner Johnston until it was sold in 1951. The Johnston family continued to live here until 1958 when Harman died. The current house does not appear to be the original one.