Caroline Johnston has fond memories of growing up with her five siblings at 22 York Street, in the heart of the CBD of Launceston, Tasmania.
“We are full of mixed emotions seeing the properties on the market now, ” she said.
“We hope and trust the properties will be truly enjoyed by the new families taking them on.
“It was a wonderful house and garden to live in with plenty of space inside and out. ”
The three-storey, six-bedroom family home was built in the 1850s on the lower part of Windmill Hill and has been a significant part of the area’s streetscape.
The 4, 388-square-metre property has been in the Green family for four generations and is sitting over two titles.
Now, the stately home has been put up for sale, which Ms Johnston says is bittersweet for the family.
“It is quite amazing to think that this home that has been lived in by members of our family for over 110 years is about to change hands to a new family, ” Ms Johnston said.
“I hope they love the house and the garden as much as we all have. ”
Over a century of history
The property was first bought by Ms Johnston’s grandparents in the 1910s and her father and uncle grew up in the home.
Ms Johnston’s parents, Joan plus Richard “Dick” Green, then made the property their family house.
“[It became] home for our parents following their marriage in the 1950s and the six children from then till now, inch she said.
The home became a meeting place for family dinners, celebrations in addition to weddings love the years.
“Many special events have been held at our home which we remember fondly. ”
In all, Mrs Green lived for over 70 years in the house.
“She was very proud of the house and loved living and even raising her family there, ” Ms Johnston said of her mother.
Many of the items inside the house have already been donated so they can be preserved for years to come.
“Every time I find something historically interesting, I ask myself: ‘Where did it come from and who put it here? ‘ and, more importantly, ‘Where should it go now? ‘” Ms Johnston stated
The adjoining block on a separate title, 17a Brisbane Street, is also being sold by the family. The sale of that block has recently been finalised.
“[It] was bought by our mother in the 1980s, ” Microsoft Johnston said.
“It’s a wonderful example of an arts and crafts house and is near to original conditions and so close to the park and the city. The house was leased to various families who all loved living there. ”
Who were Dick and Joan Green?
Mrs Green was instrumental in establishing Franklin House together with Clarendon House, two of Tasmania’s most important and iconic historic properties, and was an active member and volunteer of the National Trust of Australia for over 50 years.
The Tasmanian government issued a media release marking Mrs Green’s death.
It said she dedicated a large part of her life to volunteer work for the benefit of Tasmania, with an enthusiasm that she was well known for.
Mr Eco-friendly served as an Alderman on the Launceston City Council for 12 years, was Deputy Mayor in 1968 and 1972, and was Mayor through 1969-1971.
He received a Member of the Order of Australia for services to local government and the community in January 1978.
Mrs Green’s service to the community, particularly through the heritage and conservation of historical properties, saw her too awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia inside 2014.
The family has a number of awards in support of preserving and recognising Tasmania’s heritage.
Preserving Tasmania’s history
The particular historic home at twenty two York Street is listed around the Historic Register of the Launceston City Council, but not within the Tasmanian Heritage Council Register.
The council does have certain requirements in its planning scheme for properties listed as such.
The current planning scheme defines properties of local history significance in a number of ways, including if they have a role in “contributing to the understanding of local history; creative or technical achievements”, have a strong “association with a particular community or cultural group” or links in order to “the life or works of a person”.
But the situation is different if the property is of state significance and is included on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, according to the council’s chief executive Michael Stretton.
“Under the current planning scheme, qualities also listed on the heritage register are not subject to the Local Historic Heritage Code, ” he said.
“Issues relating to heritage status from the property are managed by the Tasmanian Heritage Council under the Works Guidelines for Historical Heritage Places.
“Other planning scheme considerations, including the general zone provisions and signage requirements, still apply to development on these heritage register properties. inches
Dos and additionally don’ts of historic real estate
Dominic Romeo, an estate agent who specialises in heritage properties, reported there was “a huge concentration of historic properties” in both Tasmania and New South Wales.
But contrary to popular belief, buying a heritage home doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be bogged down simply by bureaucrats and obtrusive authorities.
“A lot of people believe that when they’re on state registers you can’t do anything to the house and that’s not true, ” he stated.
“Sometimes you need to modernise the bathrooms not to mention kitchens or you might have to add an extra bathroom and you’ll find the heritage bodies are quite open to that. ”
But one person’s modification can have disastrous consequences for a whole neighbourhood, as an out-of-character addition can create a precedent for anyone else wanting to stray coming from historical style.
“The important thing about York Street is it’s not just about the individual houses, ” Mr Romeo said.
“When you’ve got rows and also rows of beautiful Georgian or Federation or Victorian homes, suddenly it’s about the whole streetscape that needs protecting.
“It’s in the interest of people that live in these beautiful streets to keep them preserved because that keeps the value.
“A lot of people that buy them … are not there to be able to destroy them. They’re an enthusiast and they want to do the right thing. ”