Throwback Thursday: Isel House


This historic park and house is part of the legacy left by Stoke’s Marsden family.

Named after Isel in England, from which Thomas and Mary were from, the property was their second in the region.

The family moved to the 930 acres of Stoke land in 1848 and after building a home in Poorman’s Valley only to have it flattened in an easterly storm, Thomas then built a cottage where Isel currently sits.



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At the time Thomas was the largest landowner in Suburban South and was responsible for planting many of the trees that can be seen in Isel Park today, he also made many philanthropic contributions.

In 1876 Thomas died after his horse bolted and he fell from his carriage.

Thomas’ son, James succeeded him and took over the farm and parkland his father had established.