‘Milroy’, Albert Road Strathfield, was built c.1882 for tobacco merchant George Todman and demolished in the 1930s after Todman’s death. ‘Milroy’ was one of Sydney’s grandest mansions.
Todman was one of Strathfield’s most influential residents in its early history. Aside from his success as a businessman, he was noted for his philanthropy to many charitable causes, includng the building of the Western Suburbs Hospital at Croydon and the Congregational Church (now Korean Uniting Church) on Homebush Road Strathfield. It is said that the Clocktower of the Strathfield Council Chambers is a nod to the similar Tower on ‘Milroy’. Todman Avenue and Todman Reserve in Strathfield are named for George Todman.
The vast ‘Milroy’ estate was located on the corner of Albert Road and Homebush Road and part of Strathfield Girls’ High is located on this site.
What a magnificent place. I could only get the one pic on the iPad, but none the less it is a stunning one. I grew up in strathfield, attended strathfield girls high around the corner from milroy and after school had a great time doing nurse training at western suburbs hospital Liverpool road Croydon, in the 60s where there was an additional ward built on to the original hospital called the Todman ward. I guess George Todman probably made a substantial donation towards the building. On another interesting point I can see you’ve got the Arnott family, I was in Burwood public school infants same class as John Arnott in the early 50s.
There are additional photos in the photo gallery of Milroy. There was a Todman Ward at Western Suburbs Hospital. George Todman donated funds to build the Mildred Hope Todman wing, which was named after one his daughters who died at a young age in 1922. He had been one of the hospital’s great benefactors.