by Cathy Jones
‘Halcyon’ is located on the corner of Homebush and Woodward Avenue Strathfield on the historic 1880 Woodgreen Estate. The land was purchased by Mrs Ethel Greenland (d.1943), wife of Harrie O. Greenland (1883-1948), an accountant. Mrs Greenland lodged a building application to construct a brick bungalow which was approved in January 1916. The builders were Bourne & Sons Burwood and the estimated value of building was £1330.
Harrie Greenland (1883-1948) was manger of William Arnott Ltd, Homebush. Greenland was an accountant and worked for Arnott’s Biscuits in Newcastle but moved when the business transferred to Homebush. He and his wife lived at ‘Halcyon’ until their deaths. The house was then sold to Walter Forsyth, a solicitor of the firm Sly & Russell. Forsyth served as an Alderman on Strathfield Council from 1948-1954. By 1960, the house was owned by Ian and Audrey Gordon.
The house has been re-adapted as a childcare centre.
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Wise’s Post Office Directory of Strathfield, Enfield and Homebush 1904, 1908 and 1936.