Federation house Windsor Lea in Haberfield set to go to auction for first time in 110 years

A historic Haberfield home is up for sale.

Windsor Lea, the tightly-held Federation home in Haberfield, has been listed for July 17 auction.

It is set to sell for the first time since it was built some 110 years ago and McGrath agent Michael Tringali has a $2.6 million to $2.8 million guide.

The vendors of the 1910 Hawthorne Pde home are prominent Sydney sisters Sue, Christine and Joy Smithers.

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Joy Smithers

Actor Joy Smithers and her sisters are the vendors.

Windsor Lea had become the home of their parents, Len and Alice in the 1970s.

The 1910 parkside home was built by their great grandmother, Kezia Miller, who was named after her convict descendant, gardener’s labourer Kezia Brown.

Brown was convicted of stealing clothing from her Gloucester, England employer and then sentenced in 1790 to seven years’ jail in Australia. She was transported on the convict ship Neptune, the voyage that had the highest mortality rate in the history of transportation.

Brown and her husband, fellow convict William Roberts were given a large parcel of land at Windsor, hence where the house named Windsor Lea derived.

Inside the Haberfield house.





Miller’s purchase came with a covenant requiring she build a double fronted brick home costing more than £500.

The three bedroom home, with tiled front veranda, has ornate fireplaces. The sitting room opens to a garden featuring a rear shed painted by the Bali-based artist Ian Van Wieringen.

The sisters are the grand daughter’s of the inventor Dr Ernie Smithers, whose most notable invention was the jaffle iron, which he patented in 1949. He was also responsible for the design and ­development of the Surfoplane inflated corrugated rubber surf mat.

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