Owned by Antique collector Edmund Braude, the Heritage Listed property known as “Urunga” last changed hands in November 1990 for $2.625 million – a record result at the time.
The Federation Queen Anne estate was built in 1901 and sits on 2775 sqm of award-winning gardens adjoining Ashton Park Reserve.
With five bedrooms, three bathrooms, dual access and parking for six cars, Urunga is one of Mosman’s most significant land holdings, sitting behind wrought iron gates and at the end of a winding driveway.
The estate is one of Mosman’s largest land holdings.
There is a full-sized billiard room, 4000 bottle wine cellar and adjacent tasting room, a library and magical Japanese landscaped gardens with stunning views across Sydney Harbour.
Named by its original owner, timber merchant Frederick Matthews, after the milling town near Coffs Harbour, Urunga was purchased by Sir Robert Webster in 1938.
Webster developed the home’s original tennis court with his second wife into a large, ornate u-shaped pond, an island, and bridges.
Timber Merchant Frederick Matthews built the home, which originally had a tennis court (later demolished).
A leading industrialist who grew up in Charters Towers, Sir Robert started working life as a telegraph boy before taking up cotton farming after World War One.
Perhaps the most famous story in Urunga’s history came in 1950 when the Websters gathered 14 former telegraph messengers for a meal around their grand dining table who had become leaders in their various fields. They included Sir William McKell, Sir Hubert Opperman and Cardinal Sir Norman Gilroy.