The land granted to Michael Byrne was a little larger than that seen today in the gardens. This rear view of the house shows the stables and coach house.
The heritage gardens and front verandah on Glenalvon. Hand turned sandstone columns support the wide shady stone flagged verandah.
The entrance and stairs
A wide double doorway opens onto a cantilever stairway. An under stair door opens to the rear gardens.
The childrens room
An upstairs bedroom interpreted as a young childs bedroom.
Early agricultural implements and items from the collection of Campbelltown and Airds Historical society.
Tours of glenalvon by school groups give children an opportunity to see how our ancestors lived.
They are also able to touch and handle many of the objects on display, as well as ask interesting questions.
Under the bed
Dad explaines what happend before toilets.
Old days dentist x-ray
Glenalvon was at times doctors offices.
Homes did not have television in the distant past, music was still fun though.
This trough once stood in Queen Street Campbelltown.
Campbelltown is now a city, visit the rural centre to see the farm equipment once used in the area. Some objects date to colonial times.
A walk through historic Glenalvon House is a step back in time.
A minute from the hustle of Campbelltown’s CBD, Glenalvon is a classic Georgian sandstone town house, built in 1840 by Michael Byrne, son of Hugh “Vesty” Byrne, one of the Irish Wicklow rebels.
State Heritage Listed, one of the first houses to be granted a Permanent Heritage Preservation Order, Glenalvon owned by Campbelltown City Council, is under the custodianship of the Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society. The Society was formed in 1947, and exhibits some of its large collection of items in this historical setting.
Built when Campbelltown was a small rural village, established by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1820. The town supplied Sydney with cattle and wheat, a very rough 40 mile trip by wagon and horses.
The outbuildings include the coach house, stables and the original cottage where the Byrne family lived while building Glenalvon House.
Visit the Servants Quarters, and kitchen, these rooms are now used as a display area and meeting area for the Society.
Glenalvon is set in a large heritage garden, a riot of colour in spring, especially when the roses are in bloom
See the Alex Goodsell Agricultural Exhibition Centre which houses a collection of machinery and tools of rural life.