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).