The history


From the very earliest days, the Directors at Henley have been committed to building a better future for the community in which we live.

When Henley was first founded, the Directors were trying to find ways of donating money to the Royal Children’s Hospital, as they knew of the hard work and difference the hospital was making to so many of their team, trades and suppliers. Originally, they had set a donation goal of around $10,000, but wanted to explore the possibility of donating something much bigger. They hoped that if they could source donated land, they could lean on their trade and supplier network to build and donate a completed house and land package – raising hundreds of thousands of dollars instead, with every cent donated to the hospital.

This unique idea has since grown to be an initiative both locally in Queensland with the Mater Hospital House and overseas in Seattle, Washington. 2023 saw Henley donate their 74rd home to a charitable cause, bringing their philanthropic total to over $32 million.

We believe it’s such a good thing to do - the right thing to do, and if we manage to save one baby’s life, then it makes it all worth it.” Rob Bowen, Henley Director.

The sale of the 2023 home brought the project’s total donations to over $19.2 million from the sale of 44 houses, with Villawood generously donating land for the 14th year.

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Past Homes & Our Commitment

The first home, located in Timbarra Estate, Berwick, sold for $136,500, smashing the initial goal of a $10,000 contribution.

Each year since, Henley and Villawood staff, trades and suppliers have been generously providing materials and labour to make the home a reality. It is estimated that more than 200 big-hearted trades and suppliers contributed to the construction of the 2023 home.

The most recent sale of the 2024 home sold for a massive $1,110,000.

Year Home Design Location Sold Price
1993 Camden Berwick $136,500
1994 Lodge Sydenham $183,041
1995 Lodge Berwick $334,500
1995 Lodge Copperfields
1996 Lodge Berwick $349,500
1996 Lodge Roxburgh Park
1997 Oakridge Berwick $373,300
1997 Oakridge Roxburgh Park
1998 Oakridge Narre Warren $185,000
1998 Oakridge Roxburgh Park $217,500
1999 Lodge Narre Warren $180,000
1999 Newport Roxburgh Park $241,000
2000 Lodge Sydenham $235,000
2000 Baltimore Roxburgh Park $260,000
2001 Newport Sydenham $302,500
2001 Cheval Lynbrook $250,000
2002 Lodge Sydenham $311,000
2002 Newhaven Lynbrook $275,500
2003 Ascot Lynbrook $302,000
2003 Wilshire Cairnlea $382,500
2004 Ascot Lynbrook $345,000
2004 Wilshire Cairnlea $424,500
2005 Ascot Lynbrook $370,000
2005 Ascot Cairnlea $400,000
Year Home Design Location Sold Price
2006 Ascot Point Cook $395,000
2006 Ascot Cairnlea $460,000
2007 Ascot Caroline Springs $385,000
2007 Ascot Cairnlea $433,500
2008 Wilshire Caroline Springs $502,000
2009 Ascot 483 St Albans $670,000
2010 Kube KM201 Point Cook $635,000
2011 Eclipse Q2 Point Cook $610,000
2012 Sahara Q2 Point Cook $540,000
2013 Sahara Q2 Clyde North $500,000
2014 Emperor Q1 Plumpton $717,000
2015 Sahara Belle Q1 Mickleham $646,000
2016 Emperor Belle Q1 Mickleham $663,000
2017 Palace 38 Mt Duneed $627,500
2018 Emperor 41 Mickleham $860,000
2019 Sahara 38 Clyde North $761,000
2020 Electra 35 Wollert $790,500
2021 Vogue 34 Wollert $903,000
2022 Vogue 34 Sunbury $1,082,000
2023 Electra 35 Lara $1,010,000
2024 Lily 352-D38 Tarneit $1,110,000


About the GFA

The Royal Children's Hospital has been providing outstanding care for Victorian children and their families for 150 years.

Recognised internationally as a leading centre for research and education, The Royal Children's Hospital is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria providing care which extends to children from other states around Australia and overseas.

The Good Friday Appeal is one of Victoria's most widely recognised charity initiatives and represents the hospital's biggest singular fundraising drive each year.

Thanks to the kind generosity and support of thousands of individuals and companies across Victoria, the Good Friday Appeal has contributed more than $421 million to The Royal Children's Hospital since its inception in 1931. These funds have been used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, fund ground-breaking research, provide patient and family centred care programs and foster staff excellence through investment in leadership, education, scholarships and fellowships.

One of the biggest contributions to the Good Friday Appeal is the annual charity auction proudly supported by Henley and Villawood Properties.