This grand estate and main residence of Hopewood House were first established in 1884 for pastoralist Ben Osborne and his wife Lucy Throsby. It was then most famously owned by Lebbus Hordern, the “Jay Gatsby” of the Hordern family fortune until 1929 – Hordern established the stunning gardens we enjoy to this day.
The estate was later home to the “Hopewood Family” operating as a children’s home to 86 babies born out of wedlock from 1942-1951. The children were raised at the Hopewood estate until the 1970’s – the children’s home ceased once the children reached adulthood. The Hopewood Family still reunite from all over Australia once a year.
The current custodians of Hopewood House are Australian artist Tim Storrier and his wife Janet. Tim’s sculptures feature throughout the garden, which is maintained by Janet and a dedicated team of gardeners. Tim paints in his studio within The Pavilion building on the top of the hill, where he also has a private gallery.
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