About our management and how to contact us

About us and how to contact us

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The Eryldene Trust

Formed as a private trust in 1977 to conserve the property for the enjoyment of the community according to Professor Waterhouse's wishes, the Eryldene Trust is responsible for the care and presentation of the house and gardens. The Trust welcomes members who receive a number of valuable benefits. Click here to join

The Trust oversees a program of open days and special events. It also manages the maintenance of the property and is responsible for its financial administration.


At the AGM on August 1, 2020, Chris Levins, who has been our Chair since 2016, stepped down owing to pressure of work. The Trust thanked him most sincerely for his hands-on professional commitment to the heritage conservation management of Eryldene, to updating some of our office systems, seeing us safely through the aftermath of the tornado in November, the ongoing insurance negotiations, directing staff and keeping volunteers, contractors and visitors safe from COVID-19.  

Eryldene welcomes back Sheridan Burke to the Board. Sheridan takes on the demanding role of Chair. She has a long association with Eryldene from her teenage years when her mother, Betty Burke, was president of the Friends of Eryldene, through her protective role within the Department of Planning when one of the earliest NSW Permanent Conservation Orders was placed on Eryldene in 1979, (PCO No 19), now translated as a State Heritage Listing. In the intervening years, Sheridan has been absorbed with international conservation issues, spent three years on the Eryldene Trust from 2008, and returns to guide us through a most difficult time with the Covid-19 shutdown, ongoing costs and little income.  

New to the Board Is Judy Coombes, formerly of the Powerhouse Museum, and currently President of the NSW branch of the Australian Museums and Galleries Association. Judy’s museum management and collections conservation expertise will be invaluable to the ongoing care of this most beautiful place with its countless interweaving threads of cultural interest needing to be cared for and shared with the public.

Helen Wallace, Penelope Holden, Wendy Sadler-Moyes, Juliet Muras, Daniel Low and Cheryl Szatow continue as Eryldene Board directors.   
STAFF - Denise Tart, Assistant Manager 



Eryldene Foundation

The Foundation was established to raise funds for the long term future of the house and garden. The Foundation is administered by an elected board and it provides funds for major maintenance projects.

Click on Support Us for information on how you can become involved with Eryldene and support one of the nation's most important historic properties.

To contact Eryldene's management or the Foundation you can send mail to:
17 McIntosh Street,
Gordon NSW

call 02 9498 2271 / 0422 596 292 or use the form below:

Contact Eryldene - the gem of Sydney's North Shore