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Visit an important historic house.
If you are driving up or down the mountains turn into Everton Street at the UGG BOOT and SKIN shop.
Park opposite the entrance to Everton House
You will need a pen. Please return the cache as you found it.
This information comes from the notice board at the front of Everton House
“This site was originally by Aborigines possibly the Dharug tribe, who were living in the central mountains during the colonisation. Behind Everton House there is evidence of aboriginal presents. A large flat rock has a uniformed man wielding a whip carved on it. This soldier may have been a guard for the convicts who built Cox’s road over the mountains.
The house was built in 1870 by a stone mason for Mr John Meeks and his family and its name comes from the ship that brought the Meeks family to Australia from England. There is also a Meeks crescent in Faulconbridge.
It has been suggested that a hint of sentimentally towards the ship can be seen reflected in the architecture of the cottage. It is a home built in perfect symmetry, creating a sense of balance and stability. The walls reflect a sturdiness and strength of a ship’s hull. It can be said, that the shutter windows reflect those of a ship…… It is a maritime feature may have influenced early Australian architecture.
Since the Meeks family. ‘Everton House’ has been a means of comfort and security to many families including the famous Norman Lindsay and his wife Rose in 1913. While Lindsay lived in his the home, he drew and sketched on some of the internal walls. Unfortunately his work was plastered over after his departure.”
The following information comes from the Springwood historical society.
"John Meeks acquired…. the land in 1880 and presumably built “Everton” soon after. He retained the property until his death in 1899..."
"Paddy Ryan, the local stonemason was employed again c1885–7 for the building of Everton for the Hon. John Meeks. Everton still exists. Paddy was most fortunate to have a ‘moneyed local’ clientele."
NOTE I COULD NOT FIND THE ENGRAVING SITE. It may be under an extension.
Today the Everton House has a restaurant that appears to cater for Korean tourists it is open for Lunch only.
Please take the time to walk along the highway to view the house.
If you wish to see more of the area walk along the track to Peggy’s Pool and Falls and see the track constructed for the Meeks family. There is a cache there too.
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