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Published On: February 14, 2023

This original Mosman cottage is on the market for the first time in 63 years.


The year was 1960 – Robert Menzies was Prime Minister; the world’s first contraceptive pill was approved for use – and Chubby Checker started a new dance craze with the release of a song called “The Twist”.

It was also the year Ernie and Norma Field family moved into their very own house; a three-bedroom weatherboard cottage called “Wendover” on Prince St.

With nine children and no car, the location was perfect.

Eight of the nine Field children photographed at their Prince St house in Mosman. Image: Mosman Collective.

A carpenter by trade, Ernie could easily walk to work at Sturrock’s shed on Mackie Lane.

And the kids were just a stone’s throw away from Mosman Public School.

“It wasn’t a fancy house, but it was full of love. We never wanted for anything because Mosman had it all,” Ernie and Norma’s son Bruce Field said.

“My childhood was idyllic and growing up in Prince St meant we were close to everything.

“We’d walk to Balmoral to have a swim or throw a line in; we’d walk to Rawson to kick the footy and we’d walk to Allan Border Oval to play cricket.”

Ernie and Norma Field photographed in the lounge room of 20 Prince St. Image: Mosman Collective.

With five girls crammed into the large front bedroom and the boys in another, interior space was tight Bruce said, but the large block provided more than enough room to climb trees and tend the garden in Ernie’s award-winning vegetable patch.

“Mum was a good cook, and the back yard yielded the best corn, peas, carrots, potatoes and beans,” Bruce said.

“Dad’s cauliflower also won a Mosman Gardening Club award one year … the thing was bigger than a soccer ball!

“Our family, just like most others on the lower north shore in the 50’s and 60’s – was a humble, hard-working unit where everyone was made to contribute.”

The level back yard contains vegetable patches that produced a bounty of food for the Field family over 60 years.

When Ernie died in 1988, Norma vowed to stay on and remained in the house until just before her death last year, aged 94.

“It’s the end of an era for the Field’s and while we are sorry to say goodbye to our family home, it’s time to move on,” Bruce said.

Offered for the first time in 63 years, 20 Prince St has remained largely unchanged and is one of Mosman’s last remaining original homes.

The home is in original condition, with Lino floors and basic cabinetry in the kitchen.

With a price guide of around $3.5 million, local agent David Murphy said he will take the property to auction on Saturday 4 March.

“It is a rare find with a huge amount of local history attached to it,” Mr Murphy told Mosman Collective.

“The Field family are Mosman pioneers with deep connections to NSW Fire and Rescue.

“Charlie Field was the first Captain of the Mosman Fire Brigade, his son ‘Buck’ Field was also a firie, followed by Ernie, Henri and subsequent generations right up to today.

“There are still Field’s out there fighting fires in NSW in 2023.”

The original bathroom that once serviced 11 family members!

The home’s Master bedroom leads to a sunroom.

While the property might be considered a museum piece to some, Mr Murphy said the 516sqm block boasts as incredible opportunity to renovate or rebuild, subject to Council approval.

“We expect the property to attract family buyers looking for a large, level back yard and people who may want to knock down and rebuild.

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find a blank canvas like 20 Prince St.

“The possibilities are immense.”

Features include:

  • Freestanding home on level 516.2m2 (approx.) block Zoned R2
  • Spacious light-filled interiors, generous proportions throughout
  • Large level rear garden and lawn that enjoys year-round sunshine
  • Side driveway alongside home providing excellent access
  • Incredible potential to renovate or rebuild subject to Council Approval
  • Close to schools, shops, cafes & city transport options, 10min drive to CBD
  • An exciting opportunity to create your dream home in a dream location.

Inspect Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:00pm
Auction Saturday 4 March at 12:30pm

For more information contact David Murphy or Bindi Codrington.


Email: [email protected]

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The Balmoral Swim is back with a splash in 2023 - and it’s almost time to get your togs and goggles on!
My Mosman: Author Paul Ashford Harris on the release of new book Love, Oil and the Fortunes of War.

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