Harrington Park Homestead owned by Fairfax family listed for first time in 75 years
A heritage-listed western Sydney homestead with historical ties dating back to 1815 is on the market for the first time in 75 years.
Harrington Park Homestead, located in the western Sydney suburb of Harrington Park, is owned by the Fairfax family and was restored between 2010 and 2013.
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The homestead, and surrounding property, played a critical role in Australian history.
It was built on 2000 acres gifted to Scottish Sea Captain William Douglas Campbell in 1817 by Governor Macquarie.
Campbell named the land parcel Harrington Park after his brig named Snow Harrington, stolen by convicts in 1809. Campbell built a two-room cottage that consisted of a stone floor and clay bricks that became the foundations of what is now known as the Harrington Park Homestead.
After many additions and owners, Arthur and Elaine Swan purchased the property in 1934 and sold the land of Harrington Park and neighbouring property Orielton to Sir Warwick Fairfax a decade later, who ran a Poll Hereford Stud farm from the estate.
Harrington Estates Managing Director Terry Goldacre said the Fairfax family made quite a few changes to the homestead including the restoration of two pavilion-style rooms with glass pyramid ceilings that can be opened.
“These rooms served as Sir Warwick and Lady Fairfax’s private lounge and bedroom with his and her ensuite bathrooms,” he said.
“Harrington Park Homestead has a really interesting history spanning 200 years but it’s probably the most recent owners that intrigue people the most.
“Sir Warwick Fairfax, the great-grandson of Australian newspaper and publishing pioneer John Fairfax, purchased this grand estate in 1944.”
Mr Goldacre added that while Sir Warwick ran the homestead as a cattle station for his prize Poll Hereford Stud, Lady (Mary) Fairfax managed a commercial cut flower business from the property. The home was also their weekend retreat.
“Harrington Park Homestead and its estate have been deemed as having NSW State significance by the NSW Government,” he said.
“On the Heritage Register, it is described as being ‘of NSW State significance as one of the earliest ‘Cow Pasture’ homesteads on the Cumberland Plain’.”
The homestead also features an external billiard room, traveller’s rooms, cellars, sheds, two caretaker cottages and an external office built by Sir Warwick.
Mr Goldacre said when the three-year restoration of Harrington Park Homestead began in 2010, it was done with the view that the property would eventually be sold.
“The renovation was led by Harrington Estates, who commissioned heritage architect Lester Tropman. The home was restored to respect its history but to also bring it to a level where it can be lived in,”
The home is for sale through an expressions of interest campaign.