Hunter's Hill is Australia's oldest garden suburb and a place of national heritage significance.
The greater part of the Municipality was classified by the National Trust as a conservation area in 1974, and entered on the Register of the National Estate in 1978.
There are over 1,200 elements that contribute to Hunter's Hill's heritage, including early stone cottages and villas, stone walls, reserves, trees and gardens.
Beverley Sherry's entry (2009) in the Dictionary of Sydney details its heritage values and fascinating history - click here
To download an account of the classification and recognition of the heritage values of
Hunter's Hill, and extracts from the Australian Heritage Commission, the Hunter's Hill Heritage
Study, Beverley Sherry's definitive book on Hunter's Hill (1989), and other sources, click here.
To download a copy of the booklet in PDF form, please click HERE
As a contribution to Hunter's Hill Council's Sesquicentenary celebrations, the Discover Hunters Hill community group has produced a pictorial history of the Council's 58 Mayors and Chairmen from 1861.
Compiled by the group's chairperson, Ross Williams, an Emeritus Mayor of the municipality, the booklet is to be included in the Council's time capsule to mark the end of the year-long activities.
The pictorial history reveals some interesting facts:
• only four women have ever held the office (the present Mayor, Councillor Sue Hoopmann, 1999-2001, 2004-2012);
• some went on to higher office - Aldermen Charles Jeanneret, 1870-1871, 1877-1878, 1890 (Member NSW State Parliament); John Lyndon Jones, 1979-1980 (NSW Judge) and David Landa, 1976-1979 (NSW Ombudsman);
• 10 chairmen and Mayors are pictured wearing bowties;
• nine Mayors are pictured wearing their official robes;
• the first 26 male Mayors and chairmen pictured all had either side whiskers, beards or daring moustaches;
• one town clerk/general manager later became Mayor (Councillor William Phipson, 1996-1998); and
• some streets of Hunters Hill are named after chairmen and Mayors; for example, Betts, Campbell, Cowell, Gale, Jeanneret, Joubert, Rooke, Weil, Windeyer.
The challenge is still not over with 15 photographs yet to be discovered to complete the collection. If anyone knows the whereabouts of these missing faces or has a better quality photograph of existing ones, please let us know (email@example.com) and they will be added in the next edition of the booklet.
Hunter's Hill 1861-1961 Official Centenary Book
A book produced for Hunter's Hill Council on the occasion of its centenary in 1961 has now been scanned and is available in PDF format for download from this link here.