Blair Athol, Bathurst

by AF

Blair Athol, Bathurst

Blair Athol (c1891-1892) was built as the home of solicitor and Bathurst Council Mayor John McPhillamy and his family. Mr. and Mrs. McPhillamy lived in the home with their son and three daughters. One of their daughters – Majorie – went on to marry Lord Abinger (Hugh Scarlett) of Inverlochy Castle in 1913.

By the 1930s, the house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Gilmour – another prominent Bathurst family. Their daughter, Una Gilmour, was also married to royalty (albeit briefly) as she married Count Marcio Vincenzo Romano while travelling in Europe. 

The Victorian Italianate home is one of several large historic homes at this end of Keppel Street. Unlike the majority of homes, it was built to face the view rather than the street. It was also the first house in Bathurst to have a septic tank sewerage system which was installed when the house was built in 1892.

It was said that the view from the verandah inspired guest Dorothea Mackellar to write the famous poem ‘My Country“, although there seems to be a few differing stories behind her inspiration.


275-281 Keppel Street, Bathurst, New South Wales

Listing information and photos via Listing here and here.