Unearthing the Forgotten Architect of Early Mosman: E.S. Garton
Hear how citizen heritage sleuths uncovered a colourful local identity which helped piece together an incredible jigsaw of local heritage.
At the time of Federation in 1901, Mosman and Cremorne were fledgling suburbs undergoing rapid development. A key local identity at that time was the multifaceted Edward Skelton Garton: he was an Architect, Poet, Alderman, Mentor, Developer, Bankrupt and an ANZAC who led a very curious life which took him from New Zealand to Sydney to Rabaul.
Garton designed and built many houses in Mosman and Cremorne, including heritage listed ‘Leesthorpe’ on Bradleys Head Road, Mosman. He mentored Australia’s first female architect, Florence Taylor, and served as an Alderman on Mosman Council. However, his achievements and life story have been largely forgotten.
In this presentation you will learn how Garton was ‘rediscovered’ by citizen heritage sleuths and how this information helped to piece together a jigsaw of local heritage which resulted in a heritage victory for the community.