Rodd Point home that starred in ABC series Mother and Son seeking a new family

Rodd Point home that starred in ABC series Mother and Son seeking a new family
Jonathan ChancellorDecember 8, 2020

The modest 1920s brick home that was used for external shots in the 1980s Mother and Son ABC television series starring Ruth Cracknell and Garry McDonald has been listed for sale for the first time in 85 years.

Some $1.475 million is being sought for the Rickard Street, Rodd Point property in Sydney’s inner west.

It’s been listed by Peter Cockerill, whose grandfather built the two-bedroom house in 1927 on its 594-square-metre block.

Unfortunately the crowds at its recent auction were mostly sticky-beaks.

The shots of the kitchen and lounge room were filmed in a television studio.

The property is currently on the market with Anthony Natoli from Century 21 Natoli Real Estate. The street’s last sale was $1.54 million in October 2011, which followed a $1.55 million sale in April 2011.

Rodd Point, set between Five Dock and Drummoyne, is among Sydney's smaller suburbs.

It has just 15 streets, seven of which run north-west off Henley Marine Drive.

Rodd Point was originally part of Five Dock Farm, a 600-hectare parcel of land granted to military surgeon John Harris in 1806 by Governor Philip King.

In 1836, Harris sold the property to Samuel Lyons for £4,000. In 1837 Bruce Clements Rodd bought Lot 130, which had waterfrontage to both Iron Cove and Iron Creek, plus what was described in the original auction advertisements as "a remarkable tongue of land", now Rodd Park.

Brent Clements Rodd and his wife, Sarah Jane, raised eight sons and four daughters at Barnstaple Manor, the home they built in Five Dock. Many streets and features are named after the Rodd family including Brent, Brisbane, Burnell, Clements, Janet, Lenore, Rodd, Barnstaple, Trevanion and Undine.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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