The Edina Estate Tour and Tea – Family, Faith & Fortune in Victorian Sydney

Visit this historical gem, described as one of the grandest private houses surviving in Sydney from Colonial times. Morning tea included.

Located in Waverley in Sydney’s busy Eastern Suburbs, Edina is described as ‘one of the grandest private houses surviving in Sydney from Colonial times’, yet few people know of this historical gem, hiding in plain sight.

Beautifully preserved by the Methodist / Uniting Church since it was transferred just over 100 years ago for use as the War Memorial Hospital, this showpiece from the late Victorian era is rich in pictorial art, ornamentation and garden features.

Home to three generations of the Vickery family, who developed and lived on the eight acre estate between 1859 and 1922, this Italianate mansion was completed in 1884 by the wealthy and religious businessman, Ebenezer Vickery and his wife, Jeanie.

Only very recently opened for group tours, enjoy a two-hour presentation and tour of Edina with Michael Waterhouse, a great-great-grandson of Ebenezer and Jeanie Vickery, and author of a new book, ‘Family, Faith and Fortune in Victorian Sydney’.

As a family member and through his extensive research, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and unique perspective to the story of Edina as he provides insights into the lifestyle of the estate and the families who lived there in its opulent heyday. There were 24 children living on the estate, many of whom went on to become renowned in their fields, including Gowrie Waterhouse of Eryldene.

Morning tea following the tour is included.

 

 

Tour details

This tour runs from 10:30am – 1:30pm on Sunday 19 May 2024.

 

How to book your tickets

Tickets: National Trust member $55, non-member $65.

Book via Eventbrite where possible, to guarantee a spot.

 

Enquiries

Contact Jill Bunning on 0439 321 164 or email Bunning.jill@gmail.com

 

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Edina, War Memorial Hospital

The Edina Estate Tour and Tea – Family, Faith & Fortune in Victorian Sydney

Address:

125 Birrell Street Waverley, NSW 2024