T J Thompson and history of ‘Malvern’ The Boulevarde

History of the home ‘Malvern’, which is now the site of the house ‘Radstoke’ and Malvern Crescent Strathfield is the subject of the latest Society newsletter. 

A online copy is available to members in the members section of this website.


  1. Cathy
    This is a great article on Malvern and Radstoke. You mention the sale of Radstoke in 1933 but it appears that the Wilkinson family were there for many years after that as this article in the SMH in 1938 will attest:


    They were still there in 1939:


    Has the 1933 sale been misreported? Dorothy Wilkinson married Dr Rex Money and their daughters, Angela (whose christening at St Anne’s is mentioned in the 1938 SMH article) and Carol, could probably confirm a date when the A C Wlkinsons moved to the Eastern Suburbs.


    • Scott

      The Wilkinson’s purchased Radstoke in 1933 from Walter Burfitt.

      Records note that the property was transferred from Walter Fitzmaurice Burfitt, medical practitioner, 110 Elizabeth Bay Rd/175 Macquarie St Sydney to Arthur Clifton Wilkinson, merchant, The Boulevarde Strathfield for £8000. Property described as ‘Radstoke’ The Boulevarde, Lot C [on plan annexed to Instrument of Transfer No.B 341755]. Date of Transfer 6 November 1933.




      • Hello again Cathy
        So that does mean that the article is wrong in stating that the house was sold to Wilkinson in 1923 and not 1933 and am I right in presuming there was no sale in 1923? Sorry, I’m still a little confused. The Money girls were visiting the house in the late 1940s – did the Wilkinsons own the property until it was sub-divided? Do you have any idea of who the architect for the house might have been? Stylistically it could be by Thomas Pollard Sampson and has similarities to Romahapa in Centennial Park.


        Have you ever seen anything that would suggest that Sampson was the designer? My memory of the timber panelled ball-room is that it had very similar detailing to panelled vestibules and public rooms that he was designing at the time. That said, I haven’t been inside the house since 1969 so it might all be a long stretch!


      • ‘Radstoke’ is built on the land once occupied by the house ‘Malvern’. ‘Malvern’ was auctioned after death of owner stockbroker Thomas J Thompson in 1917. In the 1920 Strathfield Council valuation records, the property is recorded as ‘Malvern’ owned by Dr William Burfitt, Jersey Rd Burwood with former owner Executors of Thomas J Thompson.

        Strathfield Council Meeting Minutes record approval on 26 August 1919 for building of a house for applicant W Burfitt, The Boulevarde Strathfield. This house was known as ‘Radstoke’. In Council minutes of 22 December 1925, Burfitt subdivided Lots A, B & C Kingsland Rd from his property in 1925. A further subdivision occurred in the 1930’s.

        In November 1933, the property transferred from Walter Fitzmaurice Burfitt, medical practitioner, to Arthur Clifton Wilkinson, merchant, The Boulevarde Strathfield for £8000.

        ‘Radstoke’ was further subdivided in the early 1950’s. The orientation of the entrance of ‘Radstoke’ to The Boulevarde was altered by sale of land and subsequent building of 111 The Boulevarde in 1955.

        I am not sure when Wilkinson sold the property.

        There is no building registers in existence for 1919 (building registers begin in early 1920s until this time, approvals are in Council minutes). The application for the building was made by the owner Burfitt, not the architect. T P Sampson designed buildings in Strathfield but it is difficult to ascertain whether he was responsible for this house without further research. I have searched Trove for tender notices and have not found any information that would confirm Sampson as the architect in 1919. There is a tender notice in SMH on 4/9/1920, but this is over a year after the approval.


  2. I’ll ask the Burfitt-Williams and see if family lore can shed any light on who was the architect.


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