Historic home turns 150

16:00, Mar 05 2014
Sunnydale Homestead
OLD BEAUTY: The Sunnydale Homestead is celebrating 150 years.

for more than a century, one of the oldest houses in West Auckland has stood its ground.

The family who have owned this house for 52 years are celebrating the 150th birthday of the Sunnydale Homestead at Landsendt.

Annemarie Endt and her husband Diederik Endt bought a 20-acre block of land in 1962 that included the old house and began to grow sub-tropical trees and plants.

Carolyn Melling
HOUSE GUARDIANS: Carolyn Melling, left, and her mother Annemarie Endt have lived in the Sunnydale Homestead for a combined 52 years. 

Fast forward and the property is now known as Landsendt, a prominent sub-tropical garden and wedding venue in Oratia.

"I can't believe it's 150 years," Mrs Endt says.

"When we wanted to buy the house it was rendered unfit for habitation.


"We feel we're the guardians of this place and our theme has always been to leave it a better place than when we found it."

The family has delved into the history of the property, which is suspected to date back to the 1850s.

One of the most well known stories about the house is the 1892 murder of William Thompson, who was poisoned due to a love-triangle that went awry.

Mrs Endt's daughter Carolyn Melling was born in the house and now lives there with her husband Anthony and their three children.

"It was the wild west and you had to be tough to come here. I would say that hasn't changed much.

"What Landsendt is now is representative of a Dutch family because a lot of Dutch immigrants came out here and planted."

The Historic Places Trust has the house registered as category two. Their register states "the once isolated property is now believed to be one of the oldest surviving European buildings in West Auckland".

The family has compiled a rich history of the house and is holding a community celebration to mark the milestone.

The community is invited to Landsendt from 2pm till 5pm on March 16 at 108 Parker Rd, Oratia.

Guests must RSVP by Saturday by calling 818 3913 or email annemarie.endt@ landsendt.co.nz.

Western Leader