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Lydham Hall

Lydham Hall

Lydham Hall


Lydham Hall, which stands on the crest of a high ridge overlooking Botany Bay, is one of the oldest homes in the St George area. Built in the early 1860s for businessman Joseph Davis and his family, it later became the childhood home of Australian author Christina Stead.

Rockdale City Council purchased Lydham Hall in 1970 to celebrate our Centenary. Council opened the building to the public on 20 February 1971 and St George Historical Society members have been volunteer guides at the site ever since.

Lydham Hall has one of Sydney's finest collections of antique furniture, most of which is on loan from the National Trust, as well as a unique collection of Willow Pattern China. A Museum containing a collection of items of local interest is located upstairs. A number of books covering the history of our area are also available from Lydham Hall.

Location: 18 Lydham Avenue, Bexley - phone 9567 4259

Opening Hours: Lydham Hall is open to the public on Sundays between 2pm and 4pm and also by appointment. Open Days and Displays are held throughout the year.

Admission Charges: Adults $4, Concession $3, Children $2

Special Events: Lydham Hall is available for special events, including baby naming ceremonies, weddings and wedding photography. Group tours can also be arranged.

The St George Historical Society

Members of St George Historical Society Incorporated have been volunteer guides at Lydham Hall for more than 30 years. Its monthly meetings feature an address by a guest speaker on a topic of historical or general interest, followed by a light supper. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month (except January) at 2pm in one of Council's buildings (please contact the Society for more information). The Society arranges outings throughout the year, and produces a bulletin which is mailed to members. Annual subscriptions are $10 single or $15 per household.

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