Ingleholme, Turramurra

Ingleholme was the home built for John Sulman and family in Boomerang Street Turramurra in 1896. The family lived there until 1910.

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Renowned architect and North Shore resident Sir John Sulman (1849-1934) was well known for his design of church buildings, commercial projects and his involvement in town planning.

While living in Warrawee he built Ingleholme, in 17-23 Boomerang St, Turramurra, originally as a cottage for his parents.

Ingleholme and Grounds, 17-23 Boomerang St, Turramurra
Ingleholme and Grounds, 17-23 Boomerang St, Turramurra
Photograph of the playroom, Ingleholme
Photograph of the playroom, Ingleholme

Sulman later redesigned the cottage into a sprawling home to accommodate his own family of seven children. The family lived in the house until 1910.

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Fireplace in the New Room, Ingleholme, Turramurra, 1902
Fireplace in the New Room, Ingleholme, Turramurra, 1902

Sulman was continually changing and extending Ingleholme.
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The building work was said to have ’caused a good deal of comment’ from the neighbours who would ‘drive round in their buggies on Sunday afternoons to see rooms “up in the air” as they phrased it…’

(The Story of Ingleholmeby John Sulman, 1927, manuscript MLMSS 4480/84).

The cottage had a formal garden which featured a substantial glasshouse and large eucalyptus trees. An array of topiaried evergreens, trimmed into shapes such as balls and spears, became something of a talking point in the neighbourhood. As did the children’s pet cow which grazed in the paddock beyond the formal garden.
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In 1959 the property known as “Ingleholme”, Turramurra, was purchased by the Council of Pymble Ladies’ College to establish a second Preparatory and Junior School. In 1960 Ingleholme opened with 69 girls. Miss Janet Pettit was appointed Mistress-in-Charge.

Sulman, John

The Architect who began town planning in Australia as a formal discipline and did much to influence the plan of Sydney.

Architect St Andrew’s College 1892 -1893
Architect Yaralla house 1893 -1899
Architect Ingleholme 1895
Architect Daceyville 1912
President Town Planning Association of New South Wales 1913 -1925
The Australian style, according to Sulman, could not be based on Gothic,
– ‘a stone style,developed under the misty skies of Northern Europe’ as it did not meet the ‘multifarious needs ofmodern life’
nor in Queen Anne, ‘a red brick style, full of quaint conceits and pretty details’ lacking ‘dignity and strength’.

What is needed, according to Sulman, is a ‘judicious combination and modification of forms’

Ingleholme and Grounds
Ingleholme and Grounds


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