AN impressive Mosman home that was once a place of recovery for World War I diggers is on the market with a $7 million-$7.5 million price guide.
With sprawling water views of Middle Harbour and Quakers Hat Bay, the house at 69 Bay St, along with the neighbouring property, is believed to have been built for returned diggers as a place of rest and recreation upon their return to Australia following the war.
A plaque unveiled by Oswald J Phillips, a solicitor for the NSW Attorney-General’s Department on March 6, 1926, dedicated the property to Sapper Arthur Keene Millson.
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Mr Millson was a combat engineer and part of the 1st Australian Division Signals Company for the Australian Imperial Forces.
Sapper Milson died on September 24, 1917, while fighting during the Battle of Ypres. He is buried at Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
The Australia War Memorial records show he enlisted in February 1916 at the age of 39 and his service number was 14934.
He and his wife Veronica lived at 3 Paul St, Milsons Point, which is now an office tower and backs on to the site that is now North Sydney Olympic Pool.
The home’s owner David Hadley, said that once they learned the history of the property, they realised it was their responsibility to rebuild the cottage in a sympathetic style to the original cottage on the site.
“We often reflect on how serene and unspoilt the location would have been for the returning war veterans in the 1930s,” he said.
“I think our home is the last house standing that bears some resemblance to the original cottage.”
The Hadley family has just completed an extensive renovation that blends Hamptons style with the heritage nature of the property. The six-bedroom home has five bathrooms and a double garage. Listing agent Richard Simeon at Simeon Manners is seeking expressions of interest on the property until March 12.
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