Sam Murden
First published 16 Feb 2023, 12:00am
9 Eurobodalla Rd, Bodala NSW
A historic former school house on the NSW south coast is up for sale by the NSW Department of Education this weekend, with links to one of Sydney’s earliest entrepreneurs.
Available for auction later this week, the property at 9 Eurobodalla Rd in Bodalla sits on a 1.6 hectare block of land and was originally built as a school house.
A historical photo (c1860) of the Mort family in front of the school.
Constructed circa 1878, the Former Bodalla Public School enrolled 81 students in two classrooms with additional accommodation for a teacher and their family.
A principal’s residence was subsequently added in 1921.
The property has been left vacant since 1999, when the school site moved to a new location.
Listed for sale via LJ Hooker agent Janet Donnelly, the property is scheduled to go for auction this weekend at 10am.
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The Bodalla property has been left vacant since the school moved in 1999.
“We’ve had a number of local buyers and people driving from Sydney to visit the property.
“I think a majority of the interested buyers have admired the uniqueness on offer, its such a historical site!
“We’ve guided this property to sell around $900,000, which is a good price for a site this size that can offer a lot of potential for investors and people willing to do the work.”
A book titled ‘A Short History of the Bodalla Public School’ in 1867 by the school itself indicates the site was originally purchased in 1860 by Thomas Sutcliffe Mort.
An interior view of the current residence.
Mort was well known at the time for his many commercial ventures and pastoral enterprises, becoming one of the most successful businessmen in Sydney at the time.
In addition to establishing the Bodalla community in the 1800s, Mort was also known for his activities at Sydney’s iceworks in Darling Harbour and the dry dock and engineering works in Balmain.
Entrepreneur Thomas Sutcliffe Mort, (1816-1878), owner of Circular Quay wool store, and builder of Mort Bay dry dock in Balmain.
Mort would die in Bodalla in 1878 from pneumonia at the age of 61.
Ms Donnelly said the property would require a lot of work to restore or transform, given it had remained vacant for 20 years and been neglected.
“We’ve had about 10 parties interested in this property, four are currently registered. Three of those are locals near the area, while one is from Sydney.”
“One of the buyers has indicated that they’d buy the land and then use it as an owner an occupier, while another wishes to transform the land to use it for a wedding venue.”
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