Tresco, Elizabeth Bay

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Tresco is an historic property located in Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Until 2004, it was owned by the Royal Australian Navy and served as an official residence for the senior naval officers in New South Wales. The house, grounds and trees have both federal and state heritage listings.[1][2]


Tresco was built in 1868 by Thomas Rowe, a leading Australian architect, who occupied the property until 1876. Leasehold of the property was sold to George Charles Westgarth in 1880. Westgarth undertook a number of alterations and additions, including construction of the building's east wing. From 1891 various tenants occupied the home until the leasehold was sold to the Government of New South Wales.[3] The property was purchased by the Government of New South Wales on 22 October 1902 to be used as the residence of the Naval Officer-in-Command at Garden Island in Sydney.[4]


Tresco is an example of early Victorian architecture. Construction is of sandstone, with a slate roof. The house was built by Italian stonemasons brought to Australia by the Joubert brothers, who were also prominent in Hunters Hill, New South Wales. Features include projecting bay windows, cast-iron balustrading and a hipped roof made of slate.


  1. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/81
  2. ^ State Heritage Website
  3. ^ Defence Housing Authority Publications Archived 2011-03-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 23 May 2009
  4. ^ Naval Historical Society of Australia Retrieved 23 May 2009

Coordinates: 33°52′16″S 151°13′50″E / 33.8711°S 151.2305°E / -33.8711; 151.2305