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.
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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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.
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.
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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