House with 100-year story
ON THE corner of Bow and Owen streets in Mossman stands a grand old girl almost 100 years old - and she’s haunted.
Home owner Vanetta Nunn-Patrick was washing her blue car as I walked past recently pushing my dependable wheelie-walker and introduced myself.
Many years ago our family had used a constantly fruiting pomelo tree as a cathedral, outdoor dining and play area, but that is gone now.
I asked Vanetta about the best paw paw in the world which also used to grow here. “There was a small tree there with the most beautiful fruit,” she said.
I shared with Vanetta how Georgie Robbins’ father Alfred - a botanical man from England - introduced paw paw to the region.
Vanetta invited me inside the beautifully-modified house, modernised with vinyl and lamipanel which now cover the cedar-lined floorboards from local ranges. A photo which remains in the house confirms she was finished in 1912 and the energy still exists of a grand old girl filled with love and respect.
She now has a new hat (roof), the louvers have been exchanged for sliding glass and security screens which give off an elegant appearance.
And what of the ghost who still resides there after 45 years - but that’s another story.
Long history: home owner Vanetta Nunn-Patrick.
A photograph of the house in its original state