Abercrombie House (“The Mount” as it was then known) was built in the 1870s by the pioneering Stewart family and took 8.years to construct. It ceased as a Stewart home in 1927 when Athol Stewart moved away and sold the contents. Thereafter caretakers and tenants occupied The Mount until 1939 when it was rented to the Federal Government for war time use for £1 a week. The Australian Women’s Land Army came to Bathurst (1942-1944) to harvest asparagus for Edgell and billeted at the house. Following the 1944 harvest, the women left and the house was empty for the next 8.years. From about 1951 there were periods of renovation and members of the Stewart family resided in the House, which required a great deal of work and restoration.
Rex Morgan AM, MBE and his wife Mary purchased the “The Mount” in 1969 and began a programme of gradual restoration, still going nearly 50.years later. It is currently the family home of their son Christopher and his family, who continue with tours of the home and hosting events to assist with the ongoing upkeep and restoration of Abercrombie House.
Having wandered through many of the 50.rooms of Abercrombie House and its expansive grounds, it is easy to understand why so many people come back time and again. Throughout the home is an eclectic array of items on display – numerous paintings interchanged from time to time from those in storage (some painted by members of the Morgan family), photos and memorabilia. History is everywhere, presented and explained well by the tour guide. There are items for sale at the back of the House in their antiques and collectibles shop and from there, more to see including the Stables Village (for accommodation) and chapel .
It was a pleasure to meet members of the Morgan family throughout our visit. It is obvious they work very hard on the property but it must be a daunting task to keep on top of everything.
Some photos of the grounds:
And inside: The Entrance to Abercrombie House
And some more of the interior. The detail in the house is amazing also. Simply, a ‘must see’ if in Bathurst.