Call for house restoration

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Veron­ica Cur­ness Ade­laide

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.

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