November 30, 2022

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Magical trophy home of Sydney’s World War II ‘Dancing Man’ for sale

Roslyndlae sits in a quiet cul de sac on a private 961sq m land parcel with manicured ground and an exceptional 32m of street frontage. Picture: Supplied

The breathtaking Roslyndale. Photo: Supplied


The fairytale residence of Sydney’s World War II “Dancing Man” has sashayed onto the market with cost expectations of about $15 million.

Showcasing 6 bedrooms and a storybook facade that resembles a mythical gingerbread dwelling, the 1850s home identified as Roslyndale in exceptional Woollahra on Roslyndale Ave was the longtime property of the late Patricia and Frank McAlary.

Mr McAlary, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 84, had a distinguished legal profession as a Sydney barrister.

The picturesque Dutch Colonial style manor which was designed by Architect Frederick Clarke. Picture: Suppied

The picturesque Dutch Colonial type manor which was built by Architect Frederick Clarke. Image: Suppied


But later in existence was uncovered to be the “Dancing Man” following it was found he was the joyous gentleman caught on movie leaping and twirling his hat in the air as Sydneysiders celebrated the conclude of Earth War II on VP Day 1945.

The film was proven on cinema newsreels with Movietone News soon afterwards, but then shed to the annals of historical past.

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The 1850s home known as Roslyndale in exclusive Woollahra was the longtime home of the late Patricia and Frank McAlary. Picture: Supplied

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Ern Hill, the 'Dancing Man' in Elizabeth Street, Sydney 15/08/1945 during victory celebrations on VJ Day at the end of World War Two (II). The toddler being held up by her mother at right has been identified as three-year-old Rose Bartlett (later Lisson).

The ‘Dancing Man’ in Elizabeth Street, Sydney 15/08/1945 during victory celebrations on VJ Day at the stop of Globe War Two (II).


Records show the McAlarys bought Roslyndale for $425,000 in 1978. Picture: Supplied

Information exhibit the McAlarys purchased Roslyndale for $425,000 in 1978. Photo: Provided


Having said that, in the direct up to the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of Globe War II an organisation known as Australia Remembers established out to uncover out who appeared in the iconic newsreels. For decades historians weren’t certain who the joyful chap was with a previous electrical fitter by the name of Ern Hill mistakenly proclaiming it was him.

The Australian Mint even created the mistake in a commemorative $1 coin in the early 2000s leading Mrs McAlary to request for an apology.

While Mr McAlary did not place his hand up immediately, he finally did less than force from colleagues and close friends.

The romantic residence is set to go under the hammer on August 16. Picture: Supplied

The intimate home is set to go under the hammer on August 16. Image: Equipped


Inside the rare trophy home there is a grand entrance hall, multiple living areas, a home office, four bathrooms and a cellar. Picture: Supplied

Inside of the scarce trophy dwelling there is a grand entrance corridor, many dwelling spots, a dwelling office environment, 4 loos and a cellar. Photo: Provided


McAlary’s declare was backed by media experiences in 2004 when then QC, Chester Porter, explained he and a previous Compensation Court docket choose, Barry Egan, had viewed Mr McAlary being filmed dancing.

Mrs McAlary handed away late final yr at the age of 97 and the time has come for the Roslyndale Ave residence to obtain a new custodian.

Records present the pair purchased Roslyndale for $425,000 in 1978.

Mark Daley and Bob Guth of newly formed Bradfield BadgerFox are marketing the picturesque Dutch Colonial style manor which was built by Architect Frederick Clarke and meticulously crafted from Sydney sandstone.

The fairytale residence of Sydney’s World War II “Dancing Man” has price expectations of about $15 million. Picture: Supplied

The fairytale home of Sydney’s Earth War II “Dancing Man” has price tag anticipations of about $15 million. Picture: Supplied


Roslyndlae sits in a quiet cul de sac on a private 961sq m land parcel with manicured ground and an exceptional 32m of street frontage. Picture: Supplied

Roslyndlae sits in a silent cul-de-sac on a non-public 961sq m land parcel with manicured floor and an exceptional 32m of street frontage. Photograph: Equipped


It and sits in a tranquil cul-de-sac on a personal 961sq m land parcel with manicured floor and an fantastic 32m of avenue frontage.

Inside the unusual trophy house, which is established to go beneath the hammer on August 16, there is a grand entrance hall, several living parts, a home office environment, four loos and a cellar.

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