Greenhill and Hillside were originally commissioned back in the 1930s as distinguished residences for guests of BHP – now the world’s largest mining company. At the time, BHP had just merged with Port Kembla’s Australian Iron and Steel (AIS). Sid and Cecil Hoskins, the managing directors of AIS, spent 15,000 pounds from the merger on the construction of a ‘Director’s cottage’ (Greenhill) and guesthouse (Hillside). The company had acquired the land on Cobbler’s Hill from local farmer Reg O’Donnell, who had lived there with his family and herd of prized Ayrshire cattle.
Designed by architects Pitt & Merewether and boasting high ceilings, open fireplaces, maple panelling and breathtaking views, the properties became a prestigious showpiece for the company. They have even played host to royalty, providing the ideal holiday home for the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in the 1940s.