A few years ago, 1 Werona Avenue achieved heritage listing, making it one of only a few writers’ houses on the NSW State Heritage Register. It looks like the house is undergoing a few renovations at the moment and I think there may have been a few extensions to the house but from the street it looks much the same as the black and white photo in the book’s forward.
The suburb of Lindfield is filled with beautiful old houses. Its wide streets and big blocks of land are far removed from the narrow streets of inner-city suburbs and it’s not hard to imagine how everything would have looked back when Ethel Turner was sketching out her novel. Even the train tracks, surrounded by greenery, have their own historic charm.
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