Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LY­DIA KELLNER prop­erty ed­i­tor ly­dia. kellner@ news. com. au

PERCHED high on a cliff face with stun­ning views, 9 Cleve­land Ter­race is un­doubt­edly one of Townsville’s most recog­nis­able prop­er­ties yet its own­er­ship has been shrouded in mys­tery. That’s un­til now. Launch­ing on to the mar­ket for the first time in 44 years, the prop­erty has been re­vealed to be that of prom­i­nent busi­ness­man and co­found­ing direc­tor of the North Queens­land Cow­boys, Max Short, who died last year aged 89.

His beloved North Ward home, which he shared with wife Phoebe, will now be auc­tioned on Au­gust 10 with the first open home held to­mor­row from 4pm- 4.30pm.

List­ing agent Julie Ma­honey, from Harcourts Kings­berry, said the sale pre­sented a rare op­por­tu­nity.

“It’s an iconic land­mark home as there’s no other like it in Townsville,” she said. “It’s one of those prop­er­ties that is eas­ily recog­nis­able. A home you look up to, think­ing ‘ imag­ine liv­ing there’.

“I think there will be a lot of peo­ple in­ter­ested in tak­ing a look at this home as the Short fam­ily is well known in the Townsville busi­ness com­mu­nity and Max owned most of com­mer­cial land on Mitchell St in North Ward.”

Orig­i­nally built in 1936, the home draws in­spi­ra­tion from Amer­i­can bun­ga­low de­sign – low to the ground with large porches shel­tered by wide over­hang­ing eaves.

It sits atop an un­par­al­leled 3656sq m block which spans two al­lot­ments with two street frontages and lends it­self to fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

“The home was built at a time where the world was ob­sessed with Hol­ly­wood and we started to be­come more Amer­i­can­ised,” Ms Ma­honey said.

While the home has been ex­tended over the years to in­clude an en­suite to the mas­ter bed­room, much of its orig­i­nal lay­out re­mains.

“There are three dou­ble­sized bed­rooms, high ceil- ings, a for­mal din­ing room and liv­ing room that lead out to a beau­ti­ful veranda with stun­ning views across The Strand and North Ward,” Ms Ma­honey said.

“The orig­i­nal garag­ing is also still there but has been used as a shed in re­cent years.

“It re­ally is a one- of- akind home and I have been told there have been many won­der­ful par­ties at the home over the years with only two own­ers in 81 years.” THERE are few Townsville fam­i­lies who could claim to be as in­stru­men­tal in shap­ing the city as we know it to­day.

The Short fam­ily traces its Townsville ori­gins back to Al­bert Short, who moved from South Aus­tralia in 1886.

“He landed in Townsville and de­cided it was not a bad spot. So he went back to Ade­laide and sold up and came back again with his fam­ily. Quite a risky thing in those days. You couldn’t get much fur­ther away than Townsville could you?” grand­son Max Short told the Townsville Bulletin in 2015.

In 1887, Al­bert bought an acre of land on Eyre St along with a block on the corner of Gre­gory and Mitchell streets, where he set up as a gro­cer and con­fec­tioner. He soon be­came known as Townsville’s prom­i­nent store­keeper.

With his pub­lic pro­file, he be­gan to take an in­ter­est in civic af­fairs and was elected to coun­cil for nine years, serv­ing one term as deputy mayor.

Al­bert’s busi­ness genes were passed on to his sons with his youngest, Stan­ley, open­ing a menswear shop called Stan Short Draper in Flin­ders St, which flour­ished dur­ing World War II.

His el­dest son, Charles, also made a name for him­self when he started a busi­ness sell­ing drap­ery to cane­grow­ers in Ing­ham, Tully and Card­well.

Al­bert Short died in 1930 and his North Ward store closed. That was un­til 1960 when grand­sons Max and Merv Short bought back the land and ex­panded the for­mer busi­ness un­til it cov­ered three acres. The re­tail cen­tre still ex­ists, and stands to­day as the North Ward Shop­ping Cen­tre.

ONE OF A KIND: This stun­ning prop­erty at 9 Cleve­land Ter­race, North Ward, is set for auc­tion on Au­gust 10.


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