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The Manor, Mosman
The Manor seen from Iluka Road, Mosman
Alternative names Bakewell's Folly
General information
Status Complete
Type House
Architectural style Federation Queen Anne
Location Iluka Road, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Country Australia
Completed c. 1911
Client William John Bakewell
Owner Theosophical Society
Invalid designation
Official name: The Manor House
Designated: 9 December 2011
Reference #: 41

The Manor is a mansion located in Mosman, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Built c. 1911, loosely in the Federation Queen Anne style, it stands in the harbour-front street of Iluka Road, in the Mosman locality of Clifton Gardens.

The house is listed on the Mosman Council local government heritage register.

History and description

The Manor's original owner, William John Bakewell, of Bakewell Bros., initially planned a cottage of eight rooms, but the project kept growing until it was a mansion with fifty-five rooms, most of which were lined with beaten copper. It was spread over six allotments in Margaret Street, which later became Iluka Road. It became known locally as Bakewell's Folly.

In 1922, the Theosophical Society rented The Manor for a community of some fifty people, headed by Charles Leadbeater, a claimed clairvoyant, and a major figure in the Society. The Manor became an important centre for the Society. The English writer Mary Lutyens stayed at The Manor in the 1920s and described it as "a huge and hideous villa". The young Indian Jiddu Krishnamurti, who was presented as the new "World Teacher", stayed in nearby David Street with his brother Nitya while Lutyens—his eventual biographer—stayed at The Manor. The Theosophical Society bought the house in 1925, holding it under a trust deed. In 1926 they started the radio station 2GB; the initials stood for Giordano Bruno. The station operated from The Manor for a few years. In 1951, they established The Manor Foundation Ltd to own and run the house. As of 2013, the Society used The Manor.


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