- Inside The Hughenden & Environs
The Hughenden (circa 1870s) is a gracious Victorian residence and associated with Australia’s first philosopher, Barzillai Quaife. The Hughenden was built by his son, Dr Frederick Harrison Quaife, who brought the first x-ray to the colony. Located on Queen Street, The Hughenden sits at the crossroads of Paddington and Woollahra, a conservation area that is the largest expanse of Victorian architecture in Australia.Queen Street began its life in the 1820s as Piper Street, named after Captain John Piper who owned huge tracts of land covering most of what is now known as the Municipality of Woollahra. The name changed to Queen Street in late 1870s in honour of Queen Victoria.From the 1850s grand houses were built such as Waimea, a Regency-style residence, St Kevin’s, Shorewell and The Hughenden, alongside a mixture of hotels, shops, schools and Victorian terraces. In 1881, steam trams commenced operating from Liverpool Street in the city along Queen Street.Bordering Queen Street, in 1811, Governor Lachlan Macquarie proclaimed the Sydney common with its open areas for public use. In 1888 these commons were redesigned as Victorian parklands and named Centennial Park, dedicated to the centenary of European settlement in Australia.In 1901 Centennial Park was the focus of the birthplace of a nation, where Australia’s first Governor General, Lord Hopetown, was sworn in and the Federal Constitution proclaimed on 1st of January.
The story of the Hughenden c1870s
From grand residence to historic hotel
Long live the queen!
Queen Victoria’s Queen Street, Woollahra
Educating a generation of pioneering women
The Riviere College c1877
- The Arts at The Hughenden
The Arts are integral to The Hughenden with its gothic Victoriana architecture, artworks in the Victorian Lounge with turn-of-the-century pieces, Archibald Prize-winning artist Wendy Sharpe’s small self-portrait, Stephan James’ still-life studies, the colonial gold thread and beaded kalaga in the foyer, the baby grand piano, historic displays and the intricacies of a living hotel.Exhibitions, musical soirées, book launches, book fairs, writer and illustrator conferences and events are integral to The Hughenden.The Hughenden is also the home of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Australia and New Zealand. The permanent exhibition of illustrations by renowned children’s artists is open to the public and includes the artworks of Academy Award®-winning illustrator Shaun Tan and Walkley Award-winning political cartoonist Cathy Wilcox’s illustrations for I Am Jack.
Colonial Victorian Era (1837-1901) to Today
Art and The Hughenden
Portrait Artist Jules Sevelson
Capturing Barry Humphries
Portrait Artist Stephen James
Larger Than Life
- Sports and The Hughenden
Sport is integral to life at the Hughenden, located at the historical heart of cricket, football, polo and racing in Sydney. In 1811 Governor Lachlan Macquarie began the transition of the Lachlan swamps and surrounds into what would become Centennial Parklands, The Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Cricket Ground, Australian Jockey Club and Royal Randwick Race Course, Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre, Moore Park Golf Club.On 15th August 1874, the first-known game of polo was played in Centennial Parklands. Lawn tennis courts were built in 1898 at Centennial Parklands. The Sydney Cricket Ground was established in 1852.The Hughenden welcomes sports fans and sports people and has hosted the legendary Bradman’s Invincibles, farmers who arrived with their horse-trailers and prize-winning dogs for the Royal Agricultural Society’s Easter Show at Moore Park; sporting legends such as Olympic gold medalist athlete Shirley Strickland, cricketing great Dennis Lillee, long-distance runner Ron Clarke, who broke seventeen world records.
Australia’s Oldest Existing Golf Club
- Friends of The Hughenden
The Hughenden is a living hotel which engages in arts and business with the community, Australia and the world.It champions literacy and literature, supporting Room to Read, bringing books and literacy to the children of Asia and Africa, Books in Homes Australia, youth theatre through Monkey Baa Theatre, the Australia Day Ambassador programme and other organisations. It engages with a diverse range of individuals and groups from artists, writers and film-makers, Eastside Radio, the Queen Street and West Woollahra Association, The University of Maryland USA, Cavalia, the artistic ballet of horses and humanity, the international Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Mastercard, Fairfax newspapers, heritage hotel groups, Southern Cross University to the Blake Society for Religion, Spirituality Art, Poetry and Human Justice, Woollahra Council and many others.
Room to Read
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