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Milton Park Cultural Landscape listed on the State Heritage Register

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

The beautiful Milton Park Cultural Landscape in Bowral has just been listed on the State Heritage Register by the NSW government.

Retaining its representative form and collection of buildings, as a Federation and Inter-War period hill station in the Southern Highlands, the Milton Park Cultural Landscape is of particular significance for the high aesthetic value of its sumptuous gardens which date from the 1930s.

The creation of the Milton Park country estate was the vision of retailer Anthony (Tony) Hordern. Elegantly designed on an elevated site with extensive views and fine gardens it is part of a group of Hordern family properties, highly regarded and celebrated, including nearby Retford Park owned by brother Samuel.

“Demonstrating both Arts and Crafts and English Flower Garden characteristics, the gardens are significant for the extensive and excellent use of many exotic plant species, particularly rare weeping beech trees, camellias and rhododendrons.

The selection of species used in the garden displays horticultural innovation as many species were planted for the first time in the region and some, such as the weeping beeches, for the first time in Australia. 

As well as the aesthetic beauty of Milton Park, the property is also associated with the significant stock breeding activities of Anthony and Samuel and the Hordern family's involvement and support for the Royal Agricultural Show.

Milton Park is of particular significance for its association with the King Ranch Company and its development of the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle now established across Australia.

Listing will ensure that the significance of the Milton Park Cultural Landscape will continue to be recognised and protected for future generations.

Further information on the state heritage listing of the Milton Park Cultural Landscape is found on our website 

Photo credit: Christina Kanellaki Lowe, Heritage NSW.