38 Mary Street

38 Mary Street

In 1874 Captain Lewis Truscott and his wife Elizabeth retired from active business and built this seven room stone and timber house. The two acres of land extended to Gladesville Road; after the Joubert subdivision which created the site of St Josephs College, the Truscotts lent £100 to the College for the purchase of a lot along Gladesville Road. Some of the fine stained glass windows in Villa Maria Church are in memory of the Truscotts. Captain and Mrs Truscott had established a shipping company together and traded between Sydney and the East, Batavia, the Pacific islands and South America. Mrs Truscott helped raise and educate an Irwin great-niece, and Irwins lived in Dacre Villa and this house. Later the O’Farrell family, also relatives, resided here.