Callan Park, Hospital for the Insane

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The Callan Park Hospital for the Insane (1878 – 1914) is a heritage-listed former insane asylum and now college campus located in the grounds of Callan Park, an area on the shores of Iron Cove in Lilyfield, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

In 1873 the Colonial Government of New South Wales purchased the Callan Park site, then known as “Callan Estates”, with the purpose of building a large lunatic asylum to ease the severe overcrowding at the Gladesville Hospital for the Insane, at Bedlam Point, near Tarban Creek in Gladesville.

On 2 April 2017 the area and buildings were listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register with the following statement of significance; “It is highly significant that much of the original fabric, character and setting for this major Victorian period design remain intact within a highly developed inner city locality. Callan Park House (former Garry Owen House), as an impressive early and mid-Victorian residence is one of the oldest remaining houses in the district.

It has strong associations with the early history of the Rozelle area. It is an important visual landmark element within the hospital.”


Below is a maintenance job we took on working on one of the various old sandstone buildings that have been lying vacant for years upon years. This old roof needed some much needed attention on replacing old broken slates & copper gutters.

This now protected site is populated with beautiful old sandstone buildings & slate roofs. A dream for Slate Roofers. We hope to share with you future work within this heritage listed land.