Call for house restoration
My husband and I try to make it to Broome every two years.
There is so much to love about Broome — the scenery, the pearls, the people, the culture and most of all, the history.
The only disappointing thing is that Captain Ansel Gregory’s house is no longer accessible to the public.
I believe the house, along with the building that Matso’s Brewery occupies, was saved and relocated by Lord McAlpine.
When I first visited Broome, it housed Monsoon Gallery but it is now used as government offices.
I understand that a business has to be viable to sustain the upkeep of a heritage building and it is fortunate that it was able to be re-purposed.
On all accounts, Captain Gregory was a colourful character. Also, the house was built by Hori Gorokichi, making it of architectural interest.
I hope that eventually the three tiers of government will subsidise the restoration.