• Jon Ruwolt

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.


150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield QLD

The century-old Queenslander was home to the late Sir Edward and Lady Dorothy Williams for 60 years.


150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield QLD

Daughter Zilla Lyons told The Courier-Mail her parents bought the house in the late 1950s, attracted by its size.


150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield QLD

“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.


150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield QLD

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.


150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield QLD

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.


150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield QLD

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.