I took a trip back in time to a historically beautiful property called Glenalvon House.
Hidden right in the middle of Campbelltown; up the road from Woolworths, is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets, a historic colonial Georgian house, I bet you didn’t even know existed.
Built in 1840 by Mr Michael Byrne, this property has seen and housed many iconic Australian moments and people; like James Ruse.
If you have never heard of James Ruse, he was a Cornish farmer, who at the age of 23, was convicted of breaking and entering in the UK, and was sentenced to 7 years jail and was eventually transported on the First Fleet to Australia, when he had only 18 months left on his sentence. And after completing his sentence, he began to carve his name in the history books, by started to the first successful Wheat Farm in Australia.
The property of Glenalvon House is simply stunning, and as you wander through each bedroom of the house; which has been perfectly restored and preserved by the Historial Society, you are transported back in time to a period where life would have been hard, full of challenging moments and struggles, just to establish yourself in the new colonies of Australia.
The entire complex sits on a peaceful heritage garden, which houses 100 year old trees, and is filled with many a tale to tell from Australia’s incredible colonial age. From supernatural tales where people have seen a ghostly figure standing in the window, to funny tales of the doctor who used to rent out one of the rooms on the ground floor, this house is a whirlwind of tales and history and well worth the visit. The Historial Society have done an amazing job preserving this property and allowing members of the public to enjoy all it has to offer.
Who would have thought, such a jewel had been hiding in Campbelltown all these years, and unbeknown to many I’m sure.
The house is located at 8 Lithgow Street in Campbelltown, and is open to the public for exploring on the second Saturday of every month from 10am to 1pm, and First and Third Monday of every month from 10am to 1pm.