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LARGE ULTRA MODERN
4 BED APARTMENT
2 storey, 3 1⁄2 bathrooms, fantastic
modern kitchen, quality appliances,
fittings and lighting throughout.
Stunning covered balcony (11x4m)
for year-round alfresco dining.
Glass and stainless spiral staircase.
Rumpus room (11x 3m), office,
private free-standing spa, secure
courtyard, garage and carport,
workshop, cellar, storeroom.
Mooring poles available.
Small strata complex in exclusive
suburb with unimpeded views of
Brisbane Waters and surrounds.
1 hour to Sydney, close to trains and
ferry to Palm Beach, sandy beach
within metres, share pool, boatshed,
ramp and wharf.
This is a lifestyle unit you can roll
over in bed and look at the views of
the water across to national park,
mountains. Enjoy a new sunset every
day. Nothing to spend – this unit was
meticulously renovated in 2012.
Contact owner to get more photos
and detailed list of inclusions.
NSW CENTRAL COAST
FOR SALE $1,100,000
Knowing Jack was not exactly flush with money, on the sailing
day my father asked Jack if he could bring some lunch. He was
assured that would not be necessary. Come lunch time Jack
served sardines on fruitcake, an old favourite.
In the 1980s aboard Kathleen Gillett at Bobbin Head, Trevor
Gowland was working on some woodwork in the cockpit. Down
came Jack to inspect the work.
“No! No!” said Jack, “It should be like this.”
Trevor stopped work and replied, “Jack, I remember well the
boat when you took it away and I can assure you that it is in a far
better condition now than it ever was in the 1940s.”
With respect to the Kathleen Gillett controversy over the erasure
of her baptismal name, I must say the letter from the head of
research, Australian National Maritime Museum, when read
carefully, says nothing. Woe is us.
The fact is that the ketch was started for Jack Earl before
WWII (paid, as I heard, by Jack Earl from his monthly wage, and
construction took a long time, probably for that reason). The ketch
and her name are synonymous with Jack Earl, circumnavigator,
Sydney-Hobart Race founder, leading Australian marine artist,
wife of Kathleen, friend, above all, gentleman.
I often sailed with Jack, preferring his company even though
invited on Solo the year Vic Meyer won his first Hobart. I have
never regretted that decision. On one unforgettable night in Bass
Strait when we had spent hours getting beaten to death, I recall
Jack going to the companionway of Lahara and saying gently:
“Des, I think she’s had enough.”
Kathleen Gillett celebrates a great man, and his wife Kathleen
was of the same mould. She took me in and nursed me after I came
down from the islands with a near-fatal dose of cerebral malaria.
On another occasion when a huge audience laughed a play
I had written off the stage at the old Independent Theatre, Kath
was the only one who came to my defence.
I still love Jack and Kath and, given Jack’s legacy to Oz’s
nautical history, the action of the powers that be is beyond
comprehension. Maybe someone there might like to write another
letter that actually says something.
Stop interfering with
Kathleen’s pristine presentation
I ask that my protest join the many others in seeing the
proposed alterations to Kathleen Gillett as a gross misinterpretation
of the responsibilities and authority of the institution in making
changes to the vessel which were never in its original concept
as they came from Colin Archer.
The addition of the doghouse was regretted by Jack himself,
and only from his intimacy and friendship with Peter Luke whose
yacht Wayfarer had such a structure, and the obvious usefulness
on long passages particularly the Hobart race, were persuasive
enough to overcome his hesitation.
As a member of the Sea Scout troop in Mosman bay in 1942
we were first treated to the spectacle, for such it was, of Kathleen
Gillett motoring quietly into the bay to take up a mooring alongside
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