Tour of Toxteth Park at Glebe

On Saturday 9th January 2016 I joined members of the Allen family in a tour of their old family home at Glebe. Toxteth Park originally occupied some 90 acres of the northern part of Glebe. The mansion was completed in the early 1830s to a design by noted architect John Verge for successful Australian-trained lawyer, George Allen, then still a relatively young man. The legal firm which he started in the 1820s still exists, despite a series of mergers and name changes.

In the late 1870s and early 1880s, the house underwent a major Italianate makeover for Sir George Wigram Allen, George Allen's son. The architect was George Allen Mansfield, Sir George's brother-in-law. The makeover included the construction of a five-storey tower. From the late 1880s the estate was gradually subdivided and there are now hundreds of houses on the former Toxteth Park land. 

In the early 1900s Toxteth Park House became a convent and eventually a part of Saint Scholastica's school for girls. The massive house is well-maintained and is now the HQ of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. The Sisters have extensive archives of their Order and of the house which has played a very prominent role in the history of Glebe.