|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 Council purchased Lydham Hall in 1970, to celebrate our Centenary. Council opened the building to the public on February 20, 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.
18 Lydham Avenue
Phone 9567 4259
Lydham Hall is open to the public on Sundays between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, and also by appointment.
Open Days and Displays are held throughout the year. For further details, phone (02) 9587 8307.
Lydham Hall is available for special events, including baby naming ceremonies, weddings and wedding photography. Group tours can also be arranged. For details, contact:
Mrs Gloria Henke
Contact No: 9587 8307
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 above the Central Library at Rockdale Town Hall.
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.