By Cathy Jones
The Wilshire land grant was subdivided in 1867 as the “Redmire Estate”. Redmire is the original name of Strathfield. The name of the suburb changed after Strathfield Council was incorporated in 1885.
Originally Redmyre Road included The Boulevarde and was known as Redmyre Boulevarde. The roads were later separated.
Redmyre Road is an historic streetscape lined with many early twentieth century residences and large gardens. The streetscape retains an outstanding visual quality, with the co-dominant Brush Box and Camphor Laurels forming a memorable avenue. These two tree species are integral components of the Strathfield landscape, creating a distinctive unified character and sense of place.
This road was historically an important professional route from Strathfield Railway Station to Rookwood Cemetery. The opening of Centenary Drive in 1985 blocked entry to Rookwood Cemetery from Barker Road. In the early 1970s Redmyre Road was plagued by large trucks travelling to Sydney Markets at Flemington. A traffic island, planted with Jacaranda Trees, was created in the early 1970s as a device to stop heavy trucks travelling to and from the Markets.
The section of Redmyre Road (facing north) from Homebush Road to Elva Street (nos 21 to 67) are mainly federation styled housing, most built between 1910-1914. This section is part of the ‘Kings Estate’, which was subdivided c.1903, creating residential lots on Churchill Avenue, Homebush Road and Redmyre Road.
The section of Redmyre Road (facing south) from Homebush Road to Vernon Street (nos 34 to 70) is part of the ‘Mount Vernon Estate’, a subdivision of land owned by John and Donald Vernon. Donald was the NSW Traffic Manager of NSW Railways, while John was the NSW Auditor General. Both their homes ‘Parkstone’ and ‘Springfield’ have since been demolished. The Vernon’s subdivided their land c.1880 as the ‘Mount Vernon Estate’, which created Vernon Street, Brunswick Street (then called Redmyre St) and lots on Redmyre Road and Homebush Rd. This section of Redmyre Road contains a mixture of styles including Victorian villas (64 to 70 – all built between c.1892-1895), Council’s former Baby Health Clinic (52 Redmyre Road built 1946) and Strathfield Croquet Club (50 Redmyre Road).
Land lots between Homebush Road and Chalmers Road on the south side was created by the subdivision c.1880 of the Bushy Hill Estate, itself a subdivision from the larger Redmire Estate.
Land located on the northern side of Redmyre Road between Homebush Road and Chalmers Road was part of the original Thomas Rose grant.
© Cathy Jones 2019
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