A Georgian Barn in Goulburn

Australian colonial architectural historian Rachel Roxburgh described this combined barn and stables at Norwood in Goulburn as the finest she had ever seen. Built in the 1830's, Norwood is one of Goulburn's earliest properties, having been an original 1836 land grant to William Lithgow, the colonial auditor-general, before being taken over by Francis Macarthur, a nephew of John Macarthur of Camden Park.

It astounds me how many beautiful late Georgian / Regency buildings we have here in NSW. Goulburn has quite a few, Norwood also has a beautiful house upon it. I can't as yet find who the architect was and the building is more like a large Georgian farmhouse than a chic residence such as Camden House or Aberglasslyn up in the Hunter. All of this building going on in the 1830's was astounding when you think about, they were re-creating the English countryside of John Constable in the bush and it was happening in NSW and down in Tasmania as Victoria didn't really get going until later when the goldfields started up. We are so lucky to have these buildings, especially when you think about the one's that were thoughtlessly demolished such as Subiaco in Rydalmere, that's another whole story. higginbotham.com.au