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Cistern restoration

The restorations to the cistern at Carisbrook House are now complete! Built in 1884 and now owned by Council, Carisbrook House is Sydney’s only house museum to capture the middle-class lifestyle of the Victorian era thanks to Lane Cove Historical Society who has curated the interior. The underground cistern dates from the early days of the house and was originally used as a water supply for the residents.

To help visitors see the results of Council’s 2014 renovation of the cistern, Council recently constructed a cover and viewing platform around the cistern following guidance from a heritage architect. When visiting Carisbrook you can now use the two new accessible walkways and enjoy a clearer view of the cistern and restored pump. The area has also received a lighting upgrade, including improvements for night viewing. Additional signage and photographs will be added next year.

These works were supported by funding from the NSW State Government with a Caring for State Heritage Grant and a Metropolitan Greenspace Grant.