The Royal Connection

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Leuralla and the Royal Connection

A Royal Destination
Australia's largest toy collection, NSW Railway memorabilia, 5 hectares of beautiful cool-climate gardens by Paul Sorensen, spectacular valley views, a grand art deco mansion and quite a bit of royal history.
Leuralla was built for the independently wealthy yachtsman, sportsman and big game fisherman Harry Andreas, his wife Alice and their young family in 1912. Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) visited Australia in 1920 to thank the nation, their people and troops for their participation in the Great War. During his stay, Prince Edward met with Andreas, who took him yachting on Sydney Harbour. By way of thank you, the Prince presented two nautical flags to Andreas, both of which are on exhibit at Leuralla (below). During the 1927 Royal Visit of Australia, Andreas hosted a game fishing expedition for the Duke and Duchess of York (Later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) in the Bay of Isles in New Zealand, where he had fished with the noted American author and adventurer Zane Grey (opposite).

Leuralla Today

Clive Evatt Jnr. and his wife, Elizabeth, now run the Toy & Railway Museum at Leuralla and honour the house and family's connections to the Royal Family. The museum has dedicated displays to the Royal Family, featuring models of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, which the Queen Mother had commissioned from British doll maker Chad Valley in the 1930s (below). Items on display also include the finely executed models of the Duke of Windsor's Rolls Royce vehicles, a jigsaw featuring Their Royal Majesties and a recently acquired 'Princess Catherine Doll' together with a large collection of photographs documenting the Royal Visit to the Mountains (below) and other historical Royal memorabilia.
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View our wide range of historic royal memorabilia today –
 Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum 02 4784 1169.

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