A second and very successful ‘Our House’ event was held at Rothwell Lodge on 12 November 2017 on an afternoon of springtime sunshine. Around 65 members mingled in the lovely grounds and enjoy the beautiful historical home of Robert and Peter in Ferry Rd, Glebe.

Rothwell Lodge is one of the earliest surviving houses in Glebe and was built by George Allen for the Methodist minister, Rev William Binnington Boyce, who was appointed as general superintendent for Wesleyan Mission in Australia in 1846. Rev Boyce also conducted services at the Toxteth Chapel in the grounds of Toxteth Park. The Boyces and the Allens were related by marriage.

Rothwell Lodge, as seen from Ernest Pederson Reserve (image: Philip Vergison)

Rothwell Lodge is a two-storey house with loft rooms, where the ground floor was originally the kitchens and staff quarters but today is a separate dwelling. The middle floor and loft form the main residence. The home is adjoined to the south by a two-storey building, a former warehouse (c.1890) and more recently architect’s office. It is about to be converted into a spacious two bedroom apartment with city views. Visitors on the day commented that this warehouse was a feature of their visit -– being able to view the supporting brickwork and see the views from the upper floor.

Robert set up an extensive and excellent historical display of maps, articles, photos and interpretative details on Rothwell Lodge and the surrounding area, which was really appreciated by those who attended. This was in addition to the great stories Peter and Robert shared as we wandered around the warehouse space and gathered on the front lawn to hear more about the history of the house and what they have been doing to restore the home and gardens.

Everyone appreciated the generous hospitality of our hosts and had a fabulous day in so many ways – being able to view such a special home, great spring weather, Robert’s special historical display and, of course, having such a pleasant social occasion with others from Glebe.

We look forward to members enjoying the 2018 ‘Our House’ program!