72 Redmyre Road Strathfield. Photo: Cathy Jones 2023

John Lyon Gardiner

by Cathy Jones

John Lyon Gardiner (1851-1929) was a prolific builder in the Strathfield area.  Gardiner was responsible for the design and the construction of many Federation style houses in Strathfield from the late 1890s until around 1912.  His design and constructions include  houses located at 71, 73 and 75 Albert Road, 59, 61, 57, 55, 86 and 84 Churchill Avenue and 72, 74, 76 and 78 Redmyre Road Strathfield.

Gardiner was born in Scotland in 1851, the son of William Gardiner and Anne Lyon.  He married Isabella Stoopes (1863-1940) in 1891.

Gardiner ceased to be listed as a builder in trades directories by 1915.  According to the notice of his death in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 18 February 1929 (p17), Gardiner had been in retirement for some years and was formerly a teacher of carpentery and joinery at the Sydney Technical College.

Houses known to be constructed by John Lyon Gardiner in Strathfield include:

Kintore’ 71 Albert Road Strathfield

‘Brierbank’ 73 Albert Road Strathfield

‘Elouera’ 75 Albert Road Strathfield

55 Churchill Avenue Strathfield

57 Churchill Avenue Strathfield

Inglewood’ 59 Churchill Ave Strathfield

Wiumba’ 61 Churchill Avenue Strathfield

84 Churchill Avenue Strathfield

86 Churchill Avenue Strathfield

72 Redmyre Road Strathfield

74 Redmyre Road Strathfield

76 Redmyre Road Strathfield

78 Redmyre Road Strathfield

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