Tom Thumbs Lagoon, Port Kembla, NSW, Australia
Contents: "The view looks south-east, depicting Woolloomooloo House at the head of Woolloomooloo Bay. In the foreground are three female figures watching a fourth, a male, stride towards them. In the background, along a ridge above the house can be seen windmills and possibly Darlinghurst gaol."
Biographical History: Woolloomooloo House was one of the colony’s first permanent residences; it was built on the 100 acre grant given to John Palmer as successful merchant in 1793. In 1822, Palmer sold the estate to Edward Riley. By the late 1840s the estate had been subdivided and terraced houses surrounded the old building. These were let to various local residents such as Archdeacon Thomas Scott and Catholic Archibishop Dr John Polding. The house was finally demolished in the 1850s. Conrad Martens painted several views of Woolloomooloo House in the mid 1850s for members of the Riley family. According to his account books, held by Mitchell Library, at reference: DLMS 143, Martens sold a large work, Old Woolloomooloo House on 1 September 1856 to Captain Riley and on 23 December, another work, The House, (Woolloomooloo) to Charles Riley Esq.
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