‘Tuxedo’ is located at 87-89 Albert Road Strathfield. This house was built c.1890 for merchant Joseph Falk, but is best known as the home of Sir Samuel Hordern (1876-1956) from 1900-1914. The house was also known as ‘Albert House’.
Hordern was governing Director of Anthony Hordern & Sons, a famous Sydney shopping emporium but Hordern’s other interests were significant. Of note was his long presidency of the NSW Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) from 1915-1941. Under Hordern, the RAS developed the Royal Easter Show, which is held at Sydney Showgrounds (at Moore Park and from 1998 at Homebush). Hordern’s name is featured on the Hordern Pavillion at Moore Park and the Hordern Lawns and Hordern Sprung at the Showground at Homebush.
The photograph of ‘Tuxedo’ is reputedly taken in 1909 during the Hordern occupancy. The photograph of Samuel Hordern is from Who’s Who in Australia.