A Light in the Window


Harper’s Mansion Berrima – the place and its people

The winner of a 2014 New South Wales National Trust Heritage Award, this book is a lively narrative of James and Mary Harper’s rise from obscurity to become leaders in the early days of the Southern Highlands town of Berrima. James, the son of convicts, and Mary herself a convict, built not only the Surveyor General Inn but the finest house in the town. Their stories, and the stories of those who followed them as the owners of the house, provide a fascinating insight to the times in which they lived.

Now owned by the National Trust, Harper’s Mansion is one of the most visited Trust houses in New South Wales.

Author: Ann Beaumont
Publisher: National Trust of Australia (New South Wales)
ISBN 978 0 9804464 8 7