The Hermitage’s ownership history
Following his death, the land and the cottage were sold and later reverted to the Crown. It passed through various Hills district personalities over the years, including John Duff, Robert Hazard, Hannah Walker, Edward Fuller, Elizabeth Black, Cyrus Fuller, Benjamin Fuller, John William Forster, Edwin (Ted) Black, George Perry, George Muir, and eventually the Council, as it was divided into smaller lots.
Restoring the Hermitage to its current glory
The Hermitage was restored in 2001. Several of the original rooms in the building are those built and used by de Clambe and are still intact in the centre. During the building’s restoration some of the oldest parts of it were revealed. Gum log slabs built straight onto a dirt floor lie behind the gyprocked walls. Door architraves are very low and many old nails appear to be hand forged.
Historian and author Ralph Hawkins believes that this building may even be one of the oldest existing slab dwellings still standing in New South Wales.
Hills Family Funerals purchased The Hermitage in 2007, moving our funeral home in Sydney to the premises.
Our funeral directors service Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Castle Hill, Epping, Hills District, Pennant Hills, Rouse Hill, Seven Hills, and Sydney.