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Old green gate entrance, Clifton, Kirribilli Point, around 1888 / photographer unknown
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Old green gate entrance, Clifton, Kirribilli Point, around 1888 / photographer unknown
1 photoprint, mounted on card : b & w ; 27.5 x 23.5 cm.
One of 32 photographs mounted in an album titled 'Clifton - North Shore'. Date and title derived from another copy of the same photograph in an album titled 'Clifton 1888' held in the Local Studies Collection, Stanton Library, North Sydney.
Clifton, on the corner of Pitt and Peel Streets, at Kirribilli Point on Sydney's north shore, was a stone-built villa originally erected in the mid-1840s. The property was purchased in 1852 by Sydney wine merchant William Tucker (1814-1888) and later enlarged. William Tucker was the first mayor of East St Leonards. He was also one of the first directors of the City Bank in Sydney and was involved in the formation of the North Shore Steam Ferry Company. He was a man of considerable means and erected a number of homes in the Kirribilli area for his family including the 'Grange' (69 Upper Pitt Street), 'Greenmount' (67 Upper Pitt Street), 'Budleigh' and 'Endsleigh' (both formerly located in Upper Pitt Street) and 'Linton' (formerly at 51 Upper Pitt Street). After William died in 1888 Clifton was passed to his son Walter Clifton Churchill Tucker. The estate was subdivided in 1904 and in 1906, when the house had become a boarding house, an additional brick storey was added to the building. Clifton later became a nursing home. Clifton was demolished in 1965-66 and in 1967 two blocks of high rise flats were built on the site - one block retains the name Clifton. [ref: 'From Milson Point to medium density: a walking tour of Kirribilli', 2003]
Mark Morgan, November 2011.
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; CSL&RC PIC 2011/5
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