Boomerang, Elizabeth Bay

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Boomerang
Boomerang113.JPG
Boomerang as seen from Beare Park
Boomerang, Elizabeth Bay is located in Sydney
Boomerang, Elizabeth Bay
Location in Sydney
General information
Location 9 Billyard Road (Lot1 DP77439 & Lot DP597121, Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°52′13″S 151°13′42″E / 33.8702°S 151.2282°E / -33.8702; 151.2282Coordinates: 33°52′13″S 151°13′42″E / 33.8702°S 151.2282°E / -33.8702; 151.2282
Construction started 1926
Client Frank Albert
Technical details
Floor area 4,233 square metres (45,560 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Neville Hampson
Official name Boomerang
Designated 2 April 1999
Reference no. 00038

Boomerang is an heritage-listed historic home[1] in the suburb of Elizabeth Bay in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Built in 1926, it lies on Billyard Avenue and has been ranked as one of the most expensive houses in Sydney.[2]

History[edit]

English architect Neville Hampson designed Boomerang in 1926 for wealthy Sydney music publisher Frank Albert. Spanish-American in style, the building is named after Frank's father Jacques Albert's business trademark, and Boomerang song books and mouth organs were well known in Sydney at the time. The waterfront land had originally been part of the Elizabeth Bay House Estate; this had been carved up and rows of luxurious villas and mansions had sprung up in the area.[3](p121) Frank Albert himself had married and built a two-storey brick house in 1902, which he demolished to make way for Boomerang.[3](p122)

Boomerang as seen from Sydney Harbour

Boomerang has been described as the oldest and finest example of Spanish architecture in Australia.[3](p122) A three-storey mansion with rendered walls, it has 25 rooms, 6 bathrooms and 4 kitchens. A private cinema was constructed in the basement by Albert in 1928.[4] Likened to a miniature version of the State Theatre, it could seat 200 people.[4]

Albert resided at Boomerang until his death in 1962, after which the house remained closed with a caretaker until 1978.[3](p124)[5] Oil recycler Peter Burnett bought the property in 1978 for $1.25 million, which was reputedly Sydney's first million-dollar house sale. Film entrepreneur and businessman Peter Fox bought it in 1981, but died when his Ferrari hit a tree at Kempsey, and it was sold to bookmaker Mark Read for $3 million 1982.[4][6]

Kowloon-based expatriate funds manager Duncan Mount and his wife Sally procured the house in 1996 from Nati Stoliar, who in turn had obtained it for $6.6. million in 1993. The previous owner, Perth-based developer Warren Anderson, paid $5.1 million in 1985, but required eviction in 1993.[4][6]

The Mounts in turn sold to John and Julie Schaeffer in 2002.[4] Boomerang was sold to the family of Melbourne trucking magnate Lindsay Fox for $21 million in March 2005.[7]

The house was used as a set for the film Mission: Impossible 2. The garden was recently redesigned by Myles Baldwin.[8]

Sales history[edit]

Year Sale price New owner
1928 $25,000 (land only) Mr Frank Albert
1978 $1.25 million Mr Peter Burnett
1981 $2.4 million Mr Peter Fox
1982 $2.8 million Mr Mark Read
1985 $5.1 million Mr Warren Anderson (Owston Nominees No 2 Pty Ltd)
1993 $6.6 million Mr Nati and Mrs Miki Stoliar (Miriam Stoliar- Owner)
1996 $15 million Mr Duncan and Mrs Sally Mount
2002 $20.7 million Mr John and Mrs Julie Schaeffer
2005 $21 million Mr Lindsay Fox

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boomerang". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "A city and its multi-million dollar digs". Sydney Morning Herald website. Fairfax Digital. 27 April 2002. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d Irving, Robert; Kinstler, John; Dupain, Max (1982). Fine Houses of Sydney. Sydney: Methuen Australia. ISBN 0-454-00244-0. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Boomerang". Heritage Council of New South Wales website. Heritage Council of New South Wales. 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-18.  (NB: Click on 'Read more')
  5. ^ Alderton, Eileen Home in a Million sells for $1 million The Australian Women's Weekly, 3 January 1979, at Trove
  6. ^ a b Bonsai Boomerang Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Sun Herald 12 July 1998
  7. ^ Chancellor, Jonathan (9 March 2005). "Fox family snares Boomerang for $21m". Sydney Morning Herald website. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  8. ^ Macquarie Visions Ambassadors Archived 26 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

Attribution[edit]

 This article incorporates text by New South Wales State Heritage Register available under the CC BY 3.0 AU licence.