Ex-prime minister’s rundown home: Gough Whitlam’s house with stained carpets is on the market

A dilapidated home once owned by one of Australia’s most famous prime ministers has been listed for sale.

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was controversially sacked from office by then-Governor-General John Kerr during Australia’s constitutional crisis in 1975.  

Mr Whitlam owned an architect-designed four-bedroom home at Cabramatta, in Sydney’s southwest, at the time of his historic ousting – known in Australian political circles as ‘The Dismissal’. 

Mr Whitlam, then the Member for Werriwa, and his wife Margaret bought the property in 1956 and owned throughout the prime ministerial years starting in 1972. 

The former home of Australia's most famous prime minister, Gough Whitlam, has fallen into disrepair with cracked cupboards and the original wallpaper now peeling

The former home of Australia's most famous prime minister, Gough Whitlam, has fallen into disrepair with cracked cupboards and the original wallpaper now peeling

The former home of Australia’s most famous prime minister, Gough Whitlam, has fallen into disrepair with cracked cupboards and the original wallpaper now peeling

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam gave Australia free healthcare, free education, Aboriginal land rights and ended conscription before he was sacked in 1975. He is pictured with his late wife Margaret Whitlam in 2001

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam gave Australia free healthcare, free education, Aboriginal land rights and ended conscription before he was sacked in 1975. He is pictured with his late wife Margaret Whitlam in 2001

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam gave Australia free healthcare, free education, Aboriginal land rights and ended conscription before he was sacked in 1975. He is pictured with his late wife Margaret Whitlam in 2001

For the time, the designer residence was state-of-the-art, boasting a huge patio with a built-in barbecue, a carport and a glittering background pool – a rare luxury in 1975. 

But pictures have now shown how the historic house has fallen into disrepair. 

The pool is green and stagnant, the cupboards are broken and the carpets are stained.

The once-trim gardens are now overgrown and neglected and the historic house is being sold as a deceased estate. 

But the original wallpaper, fireplaces and appliances all still remain. 

Ray White Canterbury director Manuel Roussakis has listed the 670sqm property at No. 32 Albert Street – saying the house is a ‘true slice of Australian history’, according to realestate.com.au.

The architect-designed home in Cabramatta still has its original carpets though they are now stained, and the ceiling paint is peeling

The architect-designed home in Cabramatta still has its original carpets though they are now stained, and the ceiling paint is peeling

The architect-designed home in Cabramatta still has its original carpets though they are now stained, and the ceiling paint is peeling

Photos show the gardens of Gough Whitlam's former home are overgrown and need a good trim

Photos show the gardens of Gough Whitlam's former home are overgrown and need a good trim

Photos show the gardens of Gough Whitlam’s former home are overgrown and need a good trim

The crisis that led to Whitlam’s sacking was arguably the most dramatic event in Australia’s political history and it has been analysed by countless books, dramatised in documentaries, and referenced in popular culture over the decades since. 

The Whitlam Government gave Australia free university education, free healthcare, ended military conscription, granted Papua New Guinea its independence and began handing traditional lands back to Aboriginal people – all groundbreaking acts at the time.  

The Whitlams sold the home in 1978 in the year Gough quit politics – just three years after The Dismissal.  

The original fireplace and inbuilt bookshelves still grace the living room though the carpet needs to be ripped out. Gough Whitlam would have stacked his books on those shelves

The original fireplace and inbuilt bookshelves still grace the living room though the carpet needs to be ripped out. Gough Whitlam would have stacked his books on those shelves

The original fireplace and inbuilt bookshelves still grace the living room though the carpet needs to be ripped out. Gough Whitlam would have stacked his books on those shelves

The home had a good strong design for its day, with a patio, carport and pool area outside the lounge, with floor to ceiling windows letting in all the light

The home had a good strong design for its day, with a patio, carport and pool area outside the lounge, with floor to ceiling windows letting in all the light

The home had a good strong design for its day, with a patio, carport and pool area outside the lounge, with floor to ceiling windows letting in all the light

The original wallpaper, light fittings and lino. The Whitlams sold the house in 1978 when Gough quit politics after The Dismissal

The original wallpaper, light fittings and lino. The Whitlams sold the house in 1978 when Gough quit politics after The Dismissal

The original wallpaper, light fittings and lino. The Whitlams sold the house in 1978 when Gough quit politics after The Dismissal

‘I might have to pitch the idea to Anthony Albanese,’ Mr Roussakis said.

‘They should buy it, as it is a significant home that he lived at during his entire political career including the dismissal.’ 

‘It was well ahead of its time and is very different to most homes from that period in the area.’ 

Link hienalouca.com

Advertising:

Tips to Find Low Priced Luxury Holiday Package Deals Fast

For most families, it has already been a common practice to spend the Holiday season in a foreign location. This is caused by the aviation market changes which have given a lot of benefits for people who travel a lot. Airfares going to different tourist destinations are becoming more inexpensive. What does this mean? If there is a perfect time to purchase luxury holiday package deals, now it the right time! Based on the market trend nowadays, you can save both money and time when you go for a luxury holiday. There are countless offers that combine travel and accommodation in one package which is a lot cheaper than getting separate deals. Aside from that, it is also risky to individually book the services that you need for the vacation. You might end up missing out on some important details of the trip. Unlike when you take advantage of luxury holiday package deals, you can be sure that everything is organized meticulously and according to what you really need. Nonetheless, you would still need to carefully select the package that would fit your needs. Review the following tips in getting packages that are reasonably priced. · Normally, luxury tour packages include accommodation, flight travel and transportation to individual tourist destinations. It would be best to choose the complete package so you won’t have to worry about other vacation elements. In addition to that, these are the packages that have the biggest discounts. · You can get big mark down prices, if you will purchase more packages. It is not a bad idea to share the wonderful moment with your loved ones. By doing so, you would not only enjoy, you will also save more money. You can even use your savings for other activities on your vacation. · It would be best to know how much you are willing to pay for the luxury tour packages. You can already work around your budget. You have to stick to your budget. If not, you might end up spending a lot and you will be left with less money for your vacation. · Prices may vary depending on the destination of the tour. You can do a research about places that are attractive yet inexpensive. There are thousands of destinations and you just have to choose wisely. · There are packages that include recreational activities. This means that you are paying for all the activities when you purchase these packages. The right thing to do is to make sure that the activities that are included would be the ones that you really enjoy. There is no sense in paying for activities that will not really make your vacation memorable. If you are going with friends, you should also consider their preferences so that you can be sure that everyone will enjoy the trip. There are other ways on how you can be sure that you are getting the best deal for your luxury holiday vacation. No matter how you choose to do it, you have to get adequate information about the packages. This will help you determine whether it is worth the price.

(Total views: 5 Time, 1 visits per day)

Leave a Reply