Own a slice of history


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Ali­son Bald­ing

The con­tents of the her­itage-listed Mi­mosa es­tate, built in 1894, will go un­der the ham­mer this week­end. Peo­ple have a chance to own a piece of history, in­clud­ing an orig­i­nal David Jones chang­ing room mir­ror or an Al­cock and Sons bil­liards ta­ble.

HISTORY will go un­der the ham­mer when the en­tire con­tents of Vic­to­rian Ital­ianate man­sion Mi­mosa House are auc­tioned this week­end.

The her­itage-listed land­mark, in St Marys, re­cently sold for $2 mil­lion and the fur­nish­ings are all for sale.

Be­fore the prop­erty’s latest sale, the dou­ble-storey six-bed­room house, at 13 Pages Rd, had just two own­ers since it was built in 1894.

The res­i­dence, spread over a 3718sq m block which fronts Vic­to­ria Park, was built for orig­i­nal owner An­drew Thompson, who was a tan­nery owner and busi­ness­man in St Marys.

Tours of the prop­erty with its con­tents in place will be held on Satur­day from 10am-4pm and Sun­day from 9am, with the live auc­tion to fol­low from noon.

A to­tal of 550 lots are for sale.

Items in­clude fur­ni­ture, art, an­tiques, ori­en­tal pieces, car­pets, jew­ellery, Euro­pean dec­o­ra­tive arts and cu­rios.

Some of the more amaz­ing pieces on of­fer in­clude a com­plete, orig­i­nal par­lour suite, a chang­ing room mir- ror which was in David Jones in the 1920s and an Al­cock and Sons bil­liards ta­ble.

Law­sons busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Shauna Far­ren­price will be lead auc­tion­eer on the day and said that, as his­tor­i­cal pieces went, the par­lour set was “as good as it gets”.

“It is quite rare to find a com­plete set all to­gether and in­tact. These pieces were pur­posely built for this house in 1904,” Ms Far­ren­price said.

“It re­ally is quite beau­ti­ful and so typ­i­cal of the Ed­war­dian pe­riod.”

In the for­mal din­ing room stand many beau­ti­fully kept pieces, from the grand din­ing ta­ble and place set­tings to the dumb­waiter and many or­nate pieces.

A stun­ning grand side­board is ex­pected to be sold for be­tween $800 and $1200.

Pic­tures: TIM CLAPIN

Pic­tures: TIM CLAPIN

The con­tents of his­toric Mi­mosa House will be auc­tioned off, in­clud­ing (top, from left) an orig­i­nal 1904 par­lour room suite with an oc­tag­o­nal break­fast ta­ble; an Al­cock and Sons bil­liards ta­ble; a 1920s David Jones chang­ing room mir­ror and many smaller trea­sures.

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