‘Viwa’ Burlington Road Homebush. Photo Strathfield District Historical Society

‘Viwa’ Burlington Road Homebush

By Cathy Jones

‘Viwa’ Burlington Road was known as the Doctor’s House.  It was originally the home of Dr George Hurst and built c1883.  The property was a home and surgery for more than 100 years.

Unfortunately this end of Burlington Road were rezoned for units in the late 1960s and many original homes were demolished. The house was identified as a potential heritage item in the Strathfield Heritage Study in 1986 but the house was demolished before heritage items were gazetted in the planning ordinance.

The photos below were taken by the Strathfield District Historical Society prior to its demolition.

4 comments

  1. Cathy
    It is tremendous to be reminded of how Viwa enhanced the eastern end of Burlington Road during my childhood years. Given the number of people now housed on that suburban block it might appear churlish to question the need for its demolition but was the wrecker’s ball the only option? Compare this site now to 62-66 Burlington Road and the generous green courtyard seen in this medium density redevelopment and I question if Viwa had to be entirely razed three decades ago. Whilst I’m not a fan of façadism, surely some elements of this quaint Victorian Italianate villa could have been retained with a new build to each side and at the rear of the property. In general this end of Burlington Road is better than the next block starting to the west of the Rochester Street which is blighted by the visual pollution of too many garbage bins on the street and multiple “For Lease” signs on every front fence. Before Strathfield Council allows the next residential tower to be built in the distinguished and historic “Village of Homebush” it needs to deal with the slum it created on two blocks of Burlington Road with its rezoning of the 1960s. In the meantime I hope we can and find a photo of Dr George Hurst to match these images of his lost home and surgery.
    Scott Brandon Smith

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    1. As a former resident of Burlington Road, I fully endorse Scott Brandon Smith’s comments about the slum in that street. The whole of Burlington Rd was a historical precinct worthy of preservation. It was destroyed by mindless bureaucrats with no thought beyond increasing revenue…

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  2. Dear Cathy, Does anyone have any information/ photographs of the Wheat silo in the street parallel to Albert Rd. Juju Marsden Sundin Ex Resident Albert Rd Strathfield 50’s/60’s.

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    1. Sounds like the pre-PC named ABO Fertilisers that was where the goods line came in to the intersection of Beresford Road and Elva Street. Both sides of that corner now have multi-storey blocks of apartments on them. The Scout Hall was down there as well. The sports administrator John Coates AC is the most famous alumnus of that scout troop. It is an area of Strathfield that has changed considerably, for better or worse, depending on your view of industrial heritage. Cathy it would be very interesting to here more of the history of ABO when you have a spare hour in your busy schedule.

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