Hunters Hill Heritage Walk: Garibaldi Walk

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A Hunter's Hill Heritage Walk

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The Garibaldi Walk


65 Alexandra Street

This is the home of Jules Joubert, a driving force for the establishment of the Hunters Hill municipality in 1861. Joubert had discovered that the Aboriginal word for the peninsula was Moca Boula, meaning ‘two waters’.  

Garibaldi Hotel (circa 1890)Hunter's Hill Council

The Garibaldi Hotel

Corner Alexandra and Ferry Streets  

The hotel was a focal point for supporters of the Italian national hero, Giuseppe Garibaldi. It was built in 1861 of the local golden sandstone as Hunters Hill’s first hotel by John Cuneo, who came from Genoa in 1854.

The Cuneos were shopkeepers, yachtsmen and had a jazz band. ‘Cuneo’s Corner’ was a centre of social activity and ‘Cuneo’s Recreation Ground’ was on the opposite corner. The Garibaldi survived a threat of demolition in the 1970s.

The Haven

1 McBride Avenue

This house was built in 1858 by Jules Joubert. In 1869 it was called Clarence Villa, then in 1879, Rocklea. It was renamed Asseroe in 1886 by owner Bernard McBride, who was Mayor of Hunters Hill in 1892-93.   

Angelo Tornaghi

31 Madeline Street

An eminent scientific instrument-maker from Milan and supporter of Garibaldi, Angelo Tornaghi lived here from 1866-92 calling the house Milano. He was Mayor of Hunters Hill in 1879 and 1882-83. It is now known as Cleveden.  

Elizabeth Quirk

27 Madeline Street

The cottage was built in 1866 and sold it to Quirk in 1871. The home was a centre of Irish hospitality. Mrs Quirk ran a dairy, owned three houses, and outlived her husband by more than 50 years. The formidable ‘widow Quirk’ died aged 102. 


6 Ernest Street

Originally named Huaba, this house was built in 1890 for Andrew Francis Lenehan, son of the noted furniture maker Andrew Lenehan. The distinguished Malvern School, founded by the Rev. Alfred Rolfe, operated here from 1912-1962.    


A heritage-listed worker's cottage. Ann O’Donnell and John Jacob Hellmann (later Hillman) built this stone cottage in 1871, naming it Carrum Carrum. Hillman, the district’s first lamplighter, was a shoemaker and Ann had a dairy and an orchard next door.

Hunters Hill Town HallHunter's Hill Council

Town Hall

Alexandra Street

The original Town Hall was built in 1866 for £750 and enlarged in 1903 and 1938. In 1978 it was almost destroyed by fire with the loss of valuable Council records. 

The rebuilt Town Hall preserved most of the original façade and was opened by Sir Roden Cutler, State Governor, on 11 July, 1980.  

Hunters Hill Public School

Alexandra Street

Residents built this school of local stone on land donated by Captain William Wright of Drummoyne. The building was furnished and given to the Education Department. It is a fine example of a simple Gothic-style schoolhouse of the Victorian period.

Congregational Church

Alexandra Street

Antonio Bondietti migrated from Switzerland in 1855 and became a leading stonemason in Hunters Hill. The unusual and beautiful stonework of this church, built 1875-78, is by him. 

Alexandra House

5 Alexandra Street

A 10-roomed house with shop and store built by John Cuneo in 1867. Property leased to Frederick Nelson until 1881. Nelson purchased No 5 Alexandra Street and also No 3 (Trafalgar Cottage) and extended the trading premises.   

The Gladstone 1882

Corner Alexandra and Mount Streets 

A migrant from County Leitrim in Ireland, Felix Cullen subdivided a large estate here. He built several houses and this as a private boarding house in 1882. It became the Gladstone Hotel in 1887.    


1 Madeline Street

This grand 11-room stone house was built by Felix Cullen in 1886 for letting and owned by his widow until 1906. A quarry operated on the steeply sloping western side of the garden for some years. The well-known journalist James Kingston [‘King’] Watson and his wife Eleanor spent years restoring Kyarra in the 1950s.  

Visit our online Heritage Walk Guide to view the complete Garibaldi Walk or discover more heritage sites of Hunters Hill in this story.

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