The Highlands was commissioned in the 1890s by Alfred James Hordern (grandson of Anthony Hordern) and his wife Caroline.

At that time the property measured 24 acres and further bushland purchases increased it to 34 acres.

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Caroline's splendid visions for park-like gardens were brought to fruition and the results made them a popular destination for tours and charity fetes. She did have a team of fourteen gardeners to maintain them - though the current block is a little more manageable than that.

 

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In those days, visitors to the property were able to alight from the north shore train directly to the gardens (with a polite request in advance to the driver) as the line ran very close to the property.

 

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Alfred Hordern and one of his sons on a formal pathway on the landscaped estate.

 

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Entertaining on the large verandah.