House with 100-year story

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - BY KHANI HAWTHORNE

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

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