Monday, 28 March 2011

Croydon Park, house

"But-Har-Gra" is a heritage listed mansion located on the corner of Georges River Road and Croydon Avenue, in the inner west suburb of Croydon Park. It was built in 1890 in the Victorian architectural style and became the Church of England Hostel for Girls founded by Mariam Annette Grant (nee Button). The name But-Har-Gra comes from her maiden name and her two married names. The estate was left to the Church of England and since 1959 has been used as residential accommodation for students and their families of the Moore Theological College, which instructs ministers for the Anglican Church in Sydney.


  1. What an unusual name! I agree with Jack quite good for student accomodation.

  2. One still hears the children laugh before leaving their bikes and entering for dinner.

    A beautiful building indeed. Please have a good new week.

    daily athens

  3. mmmm, perhaps the other comment-ors have not been inside...:) It is incredibly run down inside, but the college and students have been slowly renovating. Excited to see the "But" featured on your blog. I recognize the car out the front as one of our friends who lived in the house while we were living there...

  4. Thanks for comment Tracey. It's interesting to hear from someone who has actually lived in one of the houses I've featured.

  5. No wonder some Aussies consider NZ as an Aussie state, the landscape and the buildings are almost the same.

  6. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, and now I get more Aussie loveliness in my blog reader. Thank you. You've just made me more homesick.

  7. What a huge house. And good to look at. It is either transitional architecture (halfway between Victorian and Edwardian) or more likely, it was built during the later Victorian era and had add-ons in the new century. Good on the theological college for preserving the building.

  8. I have been told that this Building is the old Siesta Private Hospital where I was born in June 1939. Can anybody please tell me who the original owner's were or who I can contact for this information.


  9. Bob, I can't find any info on the Siesta Private Hospital but maybe somebody else might be able to help.

  10. Bob, I've been researching the history of the house. In 1939 it was the But-Har-Gra Bible Training School, for the Church of England.

    The house was left to the Church of England in 1934 by Mariam Annette Grant, in memory of her parents John and Mary BUTTON, her first husband Captain Frank HART, and her second husband Captain C. Hamilton GRANT. This is where the name But-Har-Gra comes from.

    Since then it's been a Bible School, a hostel for girls come to the city to study at college/uni, and student accommodation for Moore Theological College.

    1. Hi I played in the gardens as a young cild nearly 50 years ago when my Grandmother was the Matron of service for the young students.


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