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A New Era For Colonial Maryland Farm in Historic Camden Region

Published: 19 May 2021
Released by: Minister of State

The historic Maryland property that started construction in 1820 in Sydney’s Camden region will be listed on the State Heritage Register, the NSW Government has announced. 

Minister responsible for Heritage Don Harwin said with its historic homestead, cottages, stables and coach house Maryland will continue to stand strong for future generations. Encompassing its store, dairy buildings and hay barn, with gardens and vineyards, Maryland is an outstanding preserved complex in a magnificent setting. 

“The property, built by engineer Thomas Barker and his son Thomas Charles Barker, in Sydney’s south-west has retained its 19th century estate layout, design and technology of its era,”

“Maryland includes many early buildings in good repair and of special architectural interest. The winery and store may be the oldest winery buildings in Australia.” said Mr Harwin. 

The property, originally a large pastoral grant of 3000 acres offered in 1816, has been in continuous occupation by only two families for more than 130 years and continues as a working estate. 

Maryland has had long associations with the surrounding district, and is much-loved by the local community. The listing will ensure Maryland remains a prominent and protected property for the region. 

“Maryland is a rare surviving mid-19th century garden design, and its remnant horticulture and vineyards can still be appreciated today. As well, it adjoins one of NSW's fastest-growing housing areas.” Mr Harwin said. 

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said “It is important that Maryland House be listed on the State Heritage Register as recognition of the rich history of this area. The listing celebrates and protects this special place for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.”

Listing will safeguard this beautiful, layered landscape and ensure Maryland’s significance is protected and enhanced for future generations, with major changes now requiring the approval of the Heritage Council of NSW.

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