The History

Discover the unique history of Mona Farm in Braidwood, NSW.


The History



Thomas Braidwood Wilson joins the Royal Navy as a surgeon making nine voyages from England ferrying convicts to Australia.


Wilson is granted acreage in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), which he exchanges for 5,000 acres in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.

He purchases additional land to establish the 12,000 acre family property, ‘Braidwood Farm’, now known as Mona Farm. 

Wilson establishes the gardens with Scotch Firs, Oaks & Elms and introduces Horned Highland Cattle.

Wilson relinquishes some of his land to create a township named Braidwood, in his honour.

Wilson became a respected pastoralist and served as a magistrate, funding the building of the courthouse in Braidwood.


Wilson sails to Hobart to board the The John, taking with him the first European honey bees brought to Australia.


Wilson settles in the Braidwood district.


Wilson passes away.

Braidwood Farm is sold to John Coghill, a friend and fellow voyager of Wilson.

Coghill builds the historic house and now heritage listed, Bedervale, at the end of Monkittee Street.


John Coghill passes away and Braidwood Farm is inherited by his daughter Elizabeth and husband Robert Maddrell.

The Maddrells rename the property Mona Farm (Gaelic for Isle of Man).

The Maddrells build a home for their flour miller on the Mona Creek junction, later to become their family home, and today, The Homestead on the property.


The gold mining boom sees Chinese miners arrive in Braidwood and the greater region.


The Maddrells build the original set of horse stables, now converted accommodation.


The Maddrells create the long gravel carriageway.


Robert Maddrell passes away and took to the grave knowledge of the burial site of 3000 gold sovereigns somewhere on the farm.

Robert Madrell’s son, Henry Francis Maddrell inherits Mona Farm.

Henry Francis embarks on a ‘grand design’ converting The Homestead into a 30 room mansion to accommodate his six children and servants.


Henry Francis destroys the unfinished flour mill built by Thomas Braidwood Wilson so the bricks can be used on The Homestead’s extension.

Henry Francis also builds the Wool Shed, the Chapel, the Shearers Quarters, the School House and the Gardener’s cottage.


Henry Francis builds the Coach House, now converted accommodation.


Henry Francis passes away, leaving Mona Farm to his son Garnet, who keeps Sydney home and sells down acreage.


The Great Depression leads Garnet to sell the property to Arthur E Wilson, the grandson of Thomas Braidwood Wilson.

The Great depression prompts Wilson to reduce Mona Farm’s operating costs by halving the size of the Homestead and eradicating much of the garden. The magnificent elm trees, Victorian walls and entrance steps all survive.


Wilson sells Mona Farm to Janette and Jock Mackay who add a new wing to the west of the existing house, build a tennis court and generally resurrect much of the garden.


The Mackays sell the property to Kerry & Greg Schneider.

The Schneiders commence extensive works to convert Mona Farm into a function centre with accommodation. This includes the building of the New Stables, Mona Lake and the Palladian Bridge.


Braidwood becomes Australia’s first heritage listed town.


Rose Deo purchases the property and builds an Olympic sized Equestrian Centre.


Mona Farm is purchased by Belinda and Bill Pulver who start plans to restore the estate and create a working farm.