‘Goongirwarrie’ 55-57 Abbotsford Road Homebush is located on Section 9 of the ‘Village of Homebush Estate’. This estate was subdivided in 1878 from the larger Underwood estate holdings. The house is listed as a heritage item and is located in the Abbotsford Road Heritage Conservation Area on the Strathfield Local Environmental Plan.
The house is described as:
“A single storey face brick Federation house with an asymmetrical façade. A slate roof has terra cotta ridge capping and finials, gables rendered with half timbering and a ridge gablet. Other elements include oiel de boeuf windows, gable over a side entry, rendered chimneys and verandah posts. The fence is beautifully detailed with shaped timber pickets and gate. Verandah infill to the east detracts from the house. The front fence, gates, lawn, gravel driveway and plantings (note rose garden and picking garden to side and rear of the property) are all in reasonable order. This Federation house is in fair condition, is of local significance for its retention of its setting and architectural detail from the early twentieth century.”
The house ‘Goongirwarrie’ was approved for building by Strathfield Council in May 1916 for its owner grazier Alfred Stimpson Bayley Cobb (d.1943) at an estimated value of £1200.
Cobb was the grandson of pastrolist Barnard Stimpson MLA (1819-1897). Stimpson was the Member for Carcoar from 1864 to 1869 and the first Mayor of Carcoar in 1879. Cobb married Mary Platt in 1897. The name of the house ‘Goongirwarrie’ was the family home of the Platt family in Carcoar.
Ownership of ‘Goongirwarrie’ was transferred in 1930 from Cobb to Amy Gertrude Luscombe, wife of Walter Foster Luscombe, Abbotsford Road Homebush for £2150. The property was described as brick house of 6 rooms and garage with paling fencing. The Luscombe family continued to occupy this house for at least another forty years.
‘Barnard Stimpson’, Biographical Register of NSW Parliament, viewed at https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/members/Pages/member-details.aspx?pk=484
THE LATE MR. A. S. COBB (1943, March 12). The Carcoar Chronicle (NSW : 1878 – 1943), p. 2. Retrieved March 11, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112519062
Department Valuer General, Valuation Lists, Municipality of Strathfield
Family Notices. (1897, April 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 30, 2011, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14124752
Fox & Associates, 55-57 Abbotsford Rd Heritage Inventory Sheet (no. 84), 1986
Sands Sydney Directory
Strathfield Council Building Register