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Moore Park Toll House Restoration

The NSW Government has has invested $2.3 million into restoring the only surviving metropolitan toll house and the only two-storey toll house in New South Wales.  

  • Project name: Moore Park Toll House - Stage 3 - Power Work

  • Location: Corner of Anzac Parade & Cleveland Street, Moore Park

  • Project timing: 13 November 2019 to mid 2020

Project background

Centennial Parklands (before it was the Parklands we know today) featured two toll houses.

  • Toll House #1: was located in at the intersection of Anzac Parade (formerly Randwick Road) and Alison Road on a small triangular pocket of land now called Tay Reserve in 1847. It was later demolished in 1909.
  • Toll House #2: was located in Moore Park at the intersection of Anzac Parade and Cleveland Street, adjacent to Moore Park Golf and opened in 1860 – where it still stands today.

The Moore Park Toll House is the only surviving metropolitan toll house and the only two-storey toll house in New South Wales. In its original sandstone form, it is representative of Victorian, gothic-style architecture, featuring a T-shaped configuration with a central bay to allow a line of sight for the oncoming traffic.

The introduction of the rail system in the 1870s led to the decline of relevance of the toll house. Road use declined and traffic congestion made the collection of tolls inefficient and frustrating for road users.

Toll collections ceased in 1890, and from 1913 to 1926 the toll house was transformed into a clubhouse for golfers at Moore Park Golf. Read more about the history of the Toll Houses here on our blog.

While it has had a number of periodic uses, the building has been modified and added to over the years, and most recently used as a support depot for staff from NSW Public Works until 1999, then a maintenance depot for Moore Park Golf. In 2000 the building was listed on the State Heritage Register.

Without investment and conservation this rare example of a toll house will be lost from the fabric of historic Sydney buildings.

While the site has been secured, the physical fabric of the Toll House complex has a high risk of ongoing deterioration, resulting in total loss of heritage values associated with the complex. A window of opportunity now exists to restore the historic building and selected ancillary structures.

View of the Moore Park Toll House in 1929 (from Moore Park Golf House). In the distance you can make out the Hordern Pavilion.

Project description

Centennial Parklands' 2003 Draft Conservation Management Plan outlined various urgent repair works and a range of urgent remedial works necessary for the conservation of significant built elements associated with the building complex.

Since then the NSW Government and the Parklands have been working together to raise funds for the restoration of the Moore Park Toll House and NSW Treasury has contributed $2.3 million to the project.

Stage One and Two of the Toll House restoration are now complete. Stage Three of the project will now commence following liaison with the relevant authorities in seeking approvals and a rigorous tender process.

Project Timing

The timing of works on site are as follows:

  • Site establishment: 13 November 2019

  • Kiosk substation installation: Complete

  • Civil works (trenching, conduits & pits installation): Complete

  • Switchboards installation: Complete

  • Power change-over: Due to be completed by the end of July 2020.

Project works 

At present, the site (Lot 1 DP 1034716) has three known existing points of power supply and with the recent restoration work, Centennial Parklands are looking to activate the public space in accordance with the Moore Park 2040 Master Plan.

The Parklands have since submitted a design to Ausgrid and sought an agreement to undertake power upgrade work in the Toll House precinct to ensure adequate power is supplied to the newly restored site and any future development.

Subsequent to Ausgrid’s assessment of the site, the Parklands have been asked to install a new kiosk substation in order to decrease the points of power supply.

This new kiosk substation will supply power to the existing Moore Park Golf House, Driving Range, Proshop and the Toll House – with a new metered main switchboard to be installed adjacent to the kiosk substation.

Operational Impacts

There are no operational impacts to visitors to Moore Park Golf or the public while these works are underway. All works will be contained on site. Works are due to be completed by the end of 2020.