A woman with the name Paddy Pearl just has to be interesting. Let us delve.
Right. Paddy is 86 years old and widow of Cyril Pearl, ajournalist/writer/poet/founder and editor of Sydney's Sunday Telegraph. I have heard of him but that is all. Cyril was born in Fitzroy and educated in Melbourne before moving to Sydney. This photo of Paddy is from the ABC. What can you read into her face? She is reminding me a bit of Dame Pattie Menzies. Not really much about Paddy on the net. She well may be interesting, but this is more about her house. It is just her name that grabbed my attention.
Paddy has just sold her Tasmanian house for $1.54 million and donated the money to medical research, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Cyril, her husband, she was his second wife, died in Sydney in 1987 and six years later she bought a house in Tasmania and moved there.
The property, Campania House was built in 1810 in the Coal River Valley, near Richmond, 35km north of Hobart. It may well be the oldest residential house in Australia. It is two storey, with eight bedrooms and the house is of the Georgian style. Paddy spent hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating the house and bring it back to a standard more befitting its history.
I have found these photos sprinkled about the web. The exterior of the house is quite plain. I would guess the walls are about one foot thick, keeping out the Tassie chill and almost unbelievably when it was 36 deg in Melbourne last week, it was 38 in Hobart, so keeping out the summer heat too. The house furnishings seem to grab your attention more than the house. I shall say the house in understated.
Solar panels indeed. Very progressive.
It nestles down very comfortably in its beautiful surroundings, and by the look of it, sitting well about the river's flood plain.
This would be the nearby Coal River I suppose, running a banker it seems.
A beautiful cantilevered staircase within the house.
I suppose I could rattle around in the house over summer if I had to.