THE ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BISHOP’S LODGE
The Lodge buildings are significant on a number of levels. Firstly because it represents one of the first major commissions undertaken by the English architect and planner, John Sulman. Sulman had known Sydney Linton – the first Bishop of Riverina – in England and they arrived in the antipodes within a year of one another. Sulman went on to become one of the foremost town planners in Australia, an advisor to the new Federal Capital (in Canberra) and the architect of a number of important Australian buildings, particularly in the soon to be fashionable Federation style.
The Lodge buildings are important because of the way in which they demonstrate the functioning of a large and important household; the built manifestation of a pioneering public figure (the Bishop of Riverina); and the societal values of a family, a community and a region in one of the more isolated situation in rural Australia.
There are 24 rooms in the house and the altar in the Chapel is the original.