Abercrombie House was built in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia in the 1870s by the Stewart family who were Bathurst pioneers. William Stewart came to Australia from England in 1825 as part of the colonisation of the penal colony (Australia). William was the Lieutenant Governor General of New South Wales; which meant he was hypothetically 2nd in command to running Australia. William was given land in Bathurst as a reward for doing his job well. William Stewart's eldest son James built Abercrombie House. The house is considered to be of extreme historical significance. It is listed on the National Trust Register. It is also on the New South Wales Heritage Register and the Australian Heritage Database which describes it as "an outstanding example of Victorian Tudor style architecture. It is built of granite with sandstone dressing to the quoins and window surrounds, and there are two storeys together with an attic floor. The building's most striking feature is its array of curvilinear parapeted gables topped by iron finials." The 50acre land and house is currently owned by the Rex Henry Morgan Family. Since 1969 the Morgan family has made major restorations to the house. The House is currently occupied by Christopher Morgan and his family.To visit Abercrombie House and other attractions in Bathurst, use our Bathurst vacation planner.
James Horne Stewart, the son of William Stewart built Abercrombie House in about 1870. It was then called “The Mount” and took eight years to construct. A photo taken 15 years after its construction was included in an 1893 Brochure on Bathurst and is shown on the right. James lived there until his death in 1920 when he was 95 years of age.
James was born in 1825 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came with his family to Australia at the age of ten in 1835. In 1855 he married at Toxteth Park in Sydney Harriet Eliza Boyce who was the daughter of the Rev. William Boyce, a very prominent clergyman. The couple had five children, three sons and two daughters.
Abercrombie House Reviews
This castle was so beautiful to look around. To think people still live there is wonderful. The hosts Xanthe and Chris were so lovely in sharing stories and the history of the home. more »
I feel like i was walking back in time. lovely owners allowing the public to walk through their home. well worth a visit. more »
Amazon. Stunning and beautiful! Fir a small dee you can wander at your own pace through this amazing house. The owners are still living here but openly let people walk through. Be taken back to a time of stunning beauty.
Good museum with owner living in there. The guide tour is good with knowledgeable. Nice area with some garden but the garden need to keep better maintenance.
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