Hello Cruel World
Thursday, October 23, 2003
I don't know how long-lasting these links are. The story is from the October 19, 2003 Sunday Telegraph with the headline "Blazing Row", about a suspicious fire that destroyed a historic building. In the paper version, there was a picture of the house before as well as after, but not online, alas.
It was also called the "Fibro Majestic" in the Sun Herald
www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2003/10/18/1066364534502.htm (text-only version)
An interim heritage order, which would have stopped any development on the property, was issued by the NSW Heritage Office at 5.45pm on Friday.
The fibro house is believed to be one of the oldest of its type in Australia and had already been identified by Pittwater Council as having historic significance.
It also sat on north-facing property that measures 10,700 square metres - the largest parcel of land of its type in the area.
Professor J. T. Wilson bought the property, which was then part of an orchard, in 1908. Family members used it as a weekender. It is the first time the property has been listed on the market.
The property, which offers views that stretch to Lion Island and Scotland Island, is surrounded by bushland.
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