At EPQ we love Brush Farm House. It is a stunning venue in which to exhibit our quilts. The history of the house is interesting as a significant building in the suburb of Eastwood.
The Ryde City Council website tells of its early days . . .
Brush Farm House was built circa 1820 by Gregory Blaxland, following his purchase of the Brush Farm Estate in 1807. It is not only one of Australia’s oldest houses but also one of the most substantial houses surviving from the Macquarie period. Brush Farm House represents a nationally important site where some of the colony’s initial land grants were made.
After that time it variously served as a grand residence for a state Premier and other notaries, a boy’s reformatory school and an administration centre before falling into disrepair.
In 2007, a multi-million dollar restoration was completed and the building re-opened as a community space. It was after that time when Eastwood Patchwork Quilters began a fruitful relationship with our first exhibition there in 2009.
You can read more about the house at the Ryde City Council website