Beecroft-Cheltenham History Group

Copeland Road East

Copeland Road is named after Sir Henry Copeland (1839-1904) who was Secretary (now known as Minister) for Lands in the NSW Parliament in 1886-1887 and again 1891-1894

138 - “Chetwynd”[1]

The land was first purchased in 1891 by Henry Perdriau Jnr and he sold it in 1900 to Thomas Henry Brown Skellett. Skellett built the house which originally had its gates on the corner of Copeland Road East and Sutherland Road. Copeland Rd East 138 Chetwynd-1


Skellett’s father had arrived from England to overseer the construction of the Sydney-Picton Railway line and he similarly worked all of his career for the railways – ending at the time of his retirement, in 1920, as the Chief Cashier.  Skellett was very active in the local St John’s Anglican Church as well as the local Progress Association and School of Arts. He survived both of his wives and two children, dying at 84 years.

From 1931 the property was occupied by V Goldwater.[2]

The architect of the Art Noveau style home was Charles Searle of Cheltenham.

142 - “Mirriwa”

From 1914-1918 the home was occupied by Arthur H Stirling. From 1919-1923 by Benjamin J Ball (who had previously lived in ‘Shirley’) and then from 1924 by John A North the stockbroker. [3]


148 – “Copeland” formerly “Coonoona”   Copeland Rd East 148 original Copeland

This home was occupied between 1914-1919 by Horace O Bucknell, 1918-1920 by William R Moran, 1921-1925 by Ernest Hambridge and from 1927 by J Carr.[4]

Photo taken 2010





154 - “Shirley”  Copeland Rd East 154-2

Between 1914-1915 it was occupied by Benjamin J Ball, 1916-1917 by J Thomas, 1918-1925 by William W Service and from 1926 as the boarding house of Beecroft Grammar - and residence of the headmaster Reverend Albert Booth.

During the 1980-90s it was the home of the Graves family. John Graves was a Queens Counsel.




141 - “Araluen”[5]

The land was first acquired in 1891 by Walter Simpson Perdriau who sold it in 1914 to Christina Baker the wide of Frederick Baker. She sold it in 1917 to Lesley James Brown (1877-1919).

Brown was Manager, City Iron Works and died, at the age of 42 years, within just a year of building this home for his family. Upon his death the home was sold to Ernest John Hyde who then leased the home to Brown’s widow, Marion, for a number of years.

The home was built in 1918.


This home was built by Walter Perdrieu who then sold it to Mr Clement Meadmore. Phyllis, the Meadmore daughter married Jesse Jewhurst (JJ) Hilder (1881-1916) the landscape artist who visited the house.[6] The late James Gleeson said: “Throughout his short life he [Hilder] was plagued by ill-health and poverty and he died of tuberculosis in Hornsby…Hilder’s reputation rests on his watercolours. These were small delicate landscapes executed in a kind of tonal romanticism derived from Corot…Today his paintings are valued for their wistful charm but it is generally recognised that they hold only a minor place in the story of Australian Art.”[7]

159 - “Uralla”[8] Copeland Rd East 159-1

The land was first acquired in 1896 by John Stinson who sold it in 1900 to Mary Swanborough the wife of James Swanborough a bootmaker of Croydon. She sold the land in 1901 to George Sargent.

George Sargent (1859-1921)[9] and his wife Charlotte (1856-1924) built this home in 1903 and lived in it until 1912 whereafter it was leased. The family sold the home in 1926 to MabelCape and Edith Nathan.

The architect was William Nixon.



[1] H Barker & M Elven Houses of Hornsby Shire Vol 1 (Hornsby, 1989) pp 59-61

[2] Sands Directories

[3] Sands Directories

[4] Sands Directories

[5] H Barker Houses of Hornsby Shire Vol 2 (Hornsby, 1998) pp 64-68

[6] D Carmichael Tales of Beecroft (Beecroft, 1965) p 17

[7] J Gleeson Australian Painters (Dee Why, 1971) p 119

[8] H Barker Houses of Hornsby Shire Vol 2 (Hornsby, 1998) pp 31-34

[9] For more information on George Sargent refer to the section on people in Beecroft/Cheltenham


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