Abercrombie House, Bathurst

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Abercrombie House was built in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia in the 1870s by the Stewart family who were Bathurst pioneers. William Stewart came to Australia from England in 1825 as part of the colonisation of the penal colony (Australia). William was the Lieutenant Governor General of New South Wales; which meant he was hypothetically 2nd in command to running Australia. William was given land in Bathurst as a reward for doing his job well. William Stewart's eldest son James built Abercrombie House. The house is considered to be of extreme historical significance. It is listed on the National Trust Register. It is also on the New South Wales Heritage Register and the Australian Heritage Database which describes it as "an outstanding example of Victorian Tudor style architecture. It is built of granite with sandstone dressing to the quoins and window surrounds, and there are two storeys together with an attic floor. The building's most striking feature is its array of curvilinear parapeted gables topped by iron finials." The 50acre land and house is currently owned by the Rex Henry Morgan Family. Since 1969 the Morgan family has made major restorations to the house. The House is currently occupied by Christopher Morgan and his family.The Stewart FamilyJames Horne Stewart, the son of William Stewart built Abercrombie House in about 1870. It was then called “The Mount” and took eight years to construct. A photo taken 15 years after its construction was included in an 1893 Brochure on Bathurst and is shown on the right. James lived there until his death in 1920 when he was 95 years of age.James was born in 1825 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came with his family to Australia at the age of ten in 1835. In 1855 he married at Toxteth Park in Sydney Harriet Eliza Boyce who was the daughter of the Rev. William Boyce, a very prominent clergyman. The couple had five children, three sons and two daughters.
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  • July 20, 2017
    Very interesting to tour the castle. We went in a bus tour so had morning tea then looked around great place to visit  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    This is a rare example of a grand colonial home of the late 19th century. Still a family home, the collection of pictures and memorabilia is to be wondered at. The ballroom with its gold leaf ceiling ...  more »
  • July 8, 2017
    Spent a couple of days in Bathurst and decided to go to Abercrombie House. So glad we did take the time to visit. The only problem was it was a bitterly cold day and the home itself is quite cold insi...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Beautiful old world charm. I was taken aback by the beauty & my imagination ran wild. I would have loved to have had a guide to take me through the house as i did the self guild tour. Thoroughly recommended as are the grounds and antique shop at the back of the house.
  • July 8, 2017
    You could spend all day exploring the historical place. Very interesting.
  • July 8, 2017
    Nice, charming house to visit, just like walked back to 18xx. Lot of things to see, a real historical house in the inland NSW.
  • April 20, 2017
    Stunning, beautiful house. Great restoration taking place
  • July 19, 2017
    Not visitor friendly -- they skipped a scheduled tour without notice.

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