Highbury, Centennial Park

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General information
Type House
Architectural style Federation Bungalow
Location 20 Martin Road, Centennial Park, New South Wales 2021
Coordinates 33°53′57″S 151°13′33″E / 33.8992°S 151.2259°E / -33.8992; 151.2259Coordinates: 33°53′57″S 151°13′33″E / 33.8992°S 151.2259°E / -33.8992; 151.2259
Construction started 1913
Governing body Private home
Design and construction
Architect William Nixon
Heritage Branch Website

Highbury is an historic house in the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia. It was the home of Australian novelist Patrick White for approximately twenty-six years, until his death in 1990.[1]

History and description[edit]

Highbury was built in 1913 for the jeweller William Kerr in the Federation Bungalow style. Kerr had acquired the land in 1908. It was designed by Sydney architect William Nixon (1859-1931), who had worked in the Colonial Architect Office before going into private practice. It was built in the new residential area known as Centennial Park, which had been hived off by the state government and sold to pay for the creation of a new park, also to be known as Centennial Park. The government specified that certain types of buildings could not be built, for example, terraced houses, to raise the standard of housing in the new suburb. Large detached homes like Highbury became the norm in the area. Kerr lived in the house until his death in 1954, after which it was acquired by the electrical contractor, Frederick Angles.

Patrick White moved into Highbury in 1964 and lived there with his partner, Manoly Lascaris, after leaving his home in the suburb of Castle Hill. The house and the environs of Centennial Park became significant elements in White's novels. White and Lascaris were socially active and hosted many dinner parties in the house. White's biographer, David Marr, described White as a genial host. Following White's death in 1990, the house was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register due to its association with White, who was the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Lascaris continued to live in the house almost until he died in 2003.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "House "Highbury" Including Interior and Grounds". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  2. ^ Federation House – Centennial Park Retrieved 4 September 2012