History behind Mayfield Mews

We chose Mayfield Mews as it best represents this historic precinct, where our business is established – out of the old Coach house and Stables which form the Mews.

Mayfield House which sits alongside the Mews has strong links to Henry Lawson.  Henry Lawson was born on 17 June 1867 in Grenfell, NSW and died 2 September 1922 in Sydney at the age of 55 after a long period of ill health.  He was the first non-politician to be afforded a State Funeral in NSW.

Henry was the eldest child of Niels Hertzberg Larsen and Louisa Albury.  Louisa was the third of 12 children to Henry Albury and Harriet Winn.

Louisa’s older sister Phoebe was married to Richard Stear, who built ‘Mayfield House’ formerly ‘Albury House’.  Stear also operated the Bowning Stores before moving to Barren Jack for the construction of what is today known as Burrunjuck Dam.

Henry Lawson lived on and off at Albury House between 1899 and 1913 at the courtesy of his Aunt Phoebe and husband Richard Stear.  It was here that several of both Lawson’s and Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Patterson’ works were written, particularly their contributions to the Bulletin.  Both authors would despatch their written works to Sydney by rail from the Bowning Railway Station. 

We hope you enjoy your visit.
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