One of Centennial Park’s original homes on the market

by AF

$5.5 million-plus

Tongkah is a Federation Queen Anne / Arts and Crafts style home built in 1910 for Mr. and Mrs. Claud Benalla Quinan. Mr. Quinan was a well-known racing identify and stock broker, and member of the Sydney Stock Exchange for 38 years. He lived in the house until his passing in 1946 at the age of 70. Quinan’s daughter Patricia married Mr. James Bancks, creater of the popular ‘Ginger Meggs’ comic strip in 1938.

It is listed on the NSW Government Environment & Heritage site as ‘Fongkah’ (which appears to be a typo) and is described as an example of the Federation Queen Anne style with American Stick & Shingle style influence. The house, along with many other prominent homes in the area was said to have historical significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park Lands subdivision of 1905, as funds was from the sale went towards the landscaping of the park.

The neighboring house at No. 26, ‘Devoncliffe’, was first owned by Robert Saunders, senior partner in the Saunders quarry business at Pyrmont. On the other side, ‘Maranoa’ was originally the home of Sidney Williams, founder and managing director of rural windmill manufacturer Comet Windmills, and later Sidney Williams and Co.

Tongkah was listed for sale by auction in April 2012, but did not sell and was re-listed for $6 million-plus. In 2013 the price was reduced to $5.5 million-plus.  The home last sold in 1990 for $1.1 million. Council and water rates are approximately $8,199 a year.

Lang Road runs directly parallel to parkland, and houses sell for a premium along this street.

  • No. 20 (Wallaroy) sold for $7.4 million in 2010.
  • No. 44-46 (Forster) sold for $8.2 million in 2009.
  • No. 64 sold for $5.1 million in 2009.
  • No. 84 (Livingstone) sold for $5.2 million in 2010.


28 Lang Road, Centennial Park, Sydney
3km from Sydney CBD

Property information and beautiful images via listing at

‘Arts and Crafts Centennial Park villa Tongkah listed with $5.75 million plus hopes: Title Tattle’ Property Observer, March 29, 2012.
NSW Government Environment & Heritage.