The Hordern ‘boys’, dashing, handsome, fun-loving and exceedingly rich, with a shared passion for grand motor cars, aeroplanes, polo & stock breeding, were to have the most significant impact on the Southern Highlands.
Sam Hordern II inherited the Italianate mansion Retford Park, which sits within walking distance to the North of Milton Park, on the death of his father in 1909 and continued to operate it as a stock breeding showpiece for nearly 50 years. Sam II became president of the Royal Agricultural Society in 1915 and was knighted in 1919.
Lebbeus Hordern acquired Hopewood in Bowral in 1912 and lived there until his death in 1929. Lebbeus imported the first sea plane ever to land in Australia.