By Cathy Jones
The mansion ‘Bickley’ once stood on the corner of Albyn and Kingsland Road. It was designed by architect George Sydney Jones and built for his aunt Helen Jones, widow of Edward Lloyd Jones, Chairman of David Jones & Co.
Mrs Jones gifted the house to her daughter Alice and husband Arthur Ross Nott. After the death of his wife, Nott submitted plans for conversion of ‘Bickley’ into a boarding house in 1950, which was often the fate of the old Strathfield mansions in the 1950s.
After the death of Nott, the house and land were purchased by Don Sumner. Sumner demolished ‘Bickley’ and then subdivided the property, creating residential lots facing Albyn Rd and Kingsland Rd. Sumner applied for approval to construct a new house. The house was designed by architect Denis G Moulen for Don Sumner Esq and completed in 1958 at cost of £12000. The house consisted of living, dining, sun, sitting rooms, kitchen, laundry, entry, 2 bedrooms, Bathoom, 2 garages, store room, workshops and hot room.
The 1986 Fox & Associates Strathfield Heritage Study recommended heritage listing of the House and Garden at 20 Albyn Road stating ‘The landscaping design details of the front fence and garden terracing are very good examples of the 1950’s landscape design. The garden has been carefully integrated with the design of the 1950’s house’.
Unfortunately the house was never listed and was recently demolished.
Art & Architecture, 1979
Fox & Associates, Strathfield Heritage Study, 1986
Strathfield Council Valuation Lists