Federation Home sets Brisbane price record
Updated: Aug 12, 2019
Elizabeth Tilly, writing in the Courier Mail, reports that Clonlara of Clayfield, a landmark Federation home, sold for the first time in 60 years for $7 million, which smashes the record for Clayfield, one of Brisbane’s most exclusive suburbs.
The century-old Queenslander was home to the late Sir Edward and Lady Dorothy Williams for 60 years.
Daughter Zilla Lyons told The Courier-Mail her parents bought the house in the late 1950s, attracted by its size.
“They also needed space for their growing family (the first seven of their eight children were born in nine years) and accommodating all those children necessitated some practical modifications to the original layout,’’ she said.
This included turning what was originally a billiard room into a “glamorous girls’ dormitory’’ and enclosing a back veranda to provide a large sunroom during winter.
She said a little house near the tennis courts was built as a wonderful Christmas present for the girls, which they treated like a large dolls’ house.
The property comes with two championship-sized tennis courts.
Sir Edward Williams was a respected Queensland legal identity, a former Queenslander of the Year, Australian of the Year, Father of the Year, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and Commissioner General of Expo 88.