Pinctada McAlpine House
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Pinctada McAlpine House  
Hotel in Broome  
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The property was built in 1910 during the peak of the pearl shelling industry. In 1945, it was purchased by T.H. Kennedy and managed by Haynes family until 1982. Lord Alistar McAlpine resided in the house for over a decade until it was sold to the Wilkinson family and repurposed as a guesthouse.
Year erected: 1910
What is the history of the property?
The land Broome Lot 194 was purchased in 1904 by George Moss, a stock and station agent of Broome.
The house was originally built by Nellie Talboys who purchased the property in 1910, and it transferred to her husband Harry Talboys in 1913 on her death. Harry was a master mariner and pearler who built a pearling fleet from a single lugger. The property then passed to their son Charles Talboys, business manager on Harry's death in 1933. T.H. 'Bert' Kennedy purchased it in 1945. Bert's daughter Nita Jean and her husband Peter Haynes moved into the house soon after they married in the 1940s and raised their family here.
In 1982 the property transferred to Fieldon Pty Ltd. It became the residence of Lord Alistair McAlpine during his time in Broome. In 1997, he sold it to Colin and Cheryl Wilkinson who modified the premises to a guest house, which opened in 1998. In 1999 it was purchased by Marilynne Paspaley AM, a member of the successful Paspaley pearling family operating in Broome and the Kimberley since the 1930s. It now operates as a premium boutique hotel of 8 rooms, known as Pinctada McAlpine House.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
The property has aesthetic value for its extensive use of storm shutters and lattice screens, prominent hipped roof and masonry stumps. it is an example of a residence built for the tropical climate of Broome in the early 1900s.
The property is representative of the way of life of the more affluent citizens of Broome who resided in gracious residences during the early 20th century.
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
The large 2500 sqm land blocks in the surrounding area between Weld Street and Herbert Street include some fine examples of historic Master Pearler homes, held today as private residences. Few are in original condition but do retain the style of the original construction and materials. Other nearby examples are the Male Residence, Pa Norman's House and the Kennedy Family Home.
Has restoration work taken place?
Lord McAlpine carried out certain restoration work when he purchased the property. Today, two of the original bedrooms remain as built, with the middle lounge room sacrificed to provide ensuites to the two guest rooms on what is now called the Pearlers Verandah. Lord McAlpine's master bedroom has been preserved with its large ensuite. The original layout of the residence is evident and retains its intended residential function. The property retains a moderate degree of integrity and authenticity.
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
The style of construction was specifically simple to suit the climate and also the need to ship all building materials from Perth. The corrugated iron sheets (today known as mini-orb) used for walls was flat-packed, the rafters and timber framing was the hardwood Jarrah and the corrugated roofing panels were all practical materials which minimised the volume of materials shipped and therefore the freight costs. They require little maintenance and survive particularly well in the climate of the region. The large verandahs provided shade and a generous flow of air for outdoor enjoyment around the enclosed rooms. There was no embellishment other than the hand-made lattice screens, and overall the property exhibits a very practical approach to the use of materials and a construction style that suits the climate and shows a knowledge of the movement of the sun, the sea breezes and the rain storms.
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
Owners:
Nellie and Harry Talboys - Master Mariner and pearler who built a fleet or pearling luggers from a single lugger.
T.H "Bert" Kennedy - known as "H.K. Unsinkable" for his perseverance in the pearling industry. Secretary of the Pearler's Association in the 1920s for thirteen years.
Jean and Peter Hayes, managers and caretakers of the historic Sun Pictures Theatre in Chinatown for nearly 30 years.
Lord Alistair McAlpine - formed the Broome Preservation Society in an attempt to conserve some of the unique architecture of Broome. Developed and operated the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa at Cable Beach, in an architectural style that reflects the Master Pearler's homes such as Pinctada McAlpine House.
Marilynne Paspaley AM, of the Paspaley family of master pearlers since the 1930s. Current owner and operator of the property, now the luxe boutique hotel Pinctada McAlpine House.
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past?
Not on record.
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
The property is considered important to the history and development of the Shire of Broome and is recognised as a place of local significance.
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Pearling Master's Home
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
Residential example of the North West vernacular style
Representative in structural form of the large residences built in spacious grounds in Broome for the pearling masters.
Representative example of a residential design of the North West vernacular style common to hot, humid coastal areas of Western Australia.
Representative of a way of life of the pearling masters in Broome who resided among the more prosperous citizens win gracious residences.
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Spencer Suites Albany
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Spencer Suites Albany  
Guest House in Albany  
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Year erected: 1885
What is the history of the property?
Originally for adjoining workers cottages. Each cottage had downstairs kitchen with two rooms at street level.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
Property was built during a period of expansion in the region and labour was scarce.
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
We are located in central Albany which has many preserved historic buildings.
Has restoration work taken place?
The outdoor remains original whilst rooms have updated bathrooms, kitchens etc
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
The building is one of few built on the street with doors opening onto footpath.
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Fremantle Bed & Breakfast
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Fremantle Bed & Breakfast  
Bed & Breakfast in Fremantle  
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Year erected: 1902
What is the history of the property?
1st tenant was L. Ratazzi and Company, a general merchant specialising in wine and spirits. Mr. Ratazzi was also a main representative of Norddeutscher Lloyd and later became German Consul.
2nd tenants were various shipping businesses.
From 1984 till 1993 it was the Tarantella Night Club, where local and interstate bands had their gigs.
Afterwards it was turned into a residential property.
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
yes
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Castle
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The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
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The Fullerton Hotel Sydney  
Hotel in Sydney  
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The building was constructed in 1866 by the architect James Barnett. The iconic clock tower was built 1890. In 1996, the properties were refurnished and the interior acquired a luxurious modern design.
 
Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
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Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour  
Hotel in Sydney  
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The property dates back to 1888, and it was originally a wool store. Now, the hotel is stylishly redesigned to give a sleek metro appearance.
 
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@ VDL Stanley  
Hotel in Stanley  
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Sir Stamford Circular Quay
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Sir Stamford Circular Quay  
Hotel in Sydney  
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The ornate interiors feature equally stunning 18th Century Louis XV and Georgian antiques. Boasting Australia's largest private collection of fine art with a property that dates back to 1800s, this hotel brims with class and elegance.
 
The Hotel Windsor
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The Hotel Windsor  
Hotel in Melbourne  
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This grand property was built in 1883, predating most Victorian hotels. With its great fame and expansive history, it has housed celebrities and royalties alike.
 
Hotel Lindrum Melbourne - MGallery
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Hotel Lindrum Melbourne - MGallery  
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Seawall Apartments
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Seawall Apartments  
Aparthotel in Adelaide  
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The property dates back to 1800s with the first terrace built in 1892. From 1912 until 1937, it was home to Holdfast Bay Preparatory College, a prestigious boy school. The property and those surrounding it still retain the old-world feeling with its stained glass windows, detailed high plaster ceilings and floorboards. Recently, the hotel partnered with Che Chorley and Dave Court to create a 12-meter high art on the seawall.
 
Royal Albert Hotel
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Royal Albert Hotel  
Hotel in Brisbane  
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The property was constructed in 1911 and was completed in 1913 under the ownership of the Perry brothers. In 1923, an extra storey was added making it once the tallest timber structure in the southern hemisphere. Throughout the decades, it was home to many businesses and even the United States Military in WWII.
 
Riverview Boutique Motel
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Riverview Boutique Motel  
Motel in Nambucca Heads  
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The hotel first opened its doors to travellers in 1887. It was repurchased in 1929, renamed to "The Ranch" and repurposed to a guesthouse. Over the years, the town slowly grew to a city, but its Victorian aesthetic remained a staple throughout the decades.
 
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
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Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges  
Hotel in Fremantle  
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The first building was built by Daniel Scott, the first harbour master, as a warehouse for the new city. In the building's infancy, it was used as a temporary place to house the first 75 convicts that arrived in 1850 during the construction of the then-new Fermantle Prison. In 1895, the building welcomed its first guest. Throughout the years, it was expanded and polished to meet the increasing demand. Nowadays, the hotel remembers its rich history by calling itself the "Harbour Master".
 
Simpsons Of Potts Point
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Simpsons Of Potts Point  
Hotel in Sydney  
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Marked by its distinctive Queen Anne's style during the Arts and Crafts Movement, the property was built in 1892. In 1930, the grand staircase was removed and an external staircase was built on the side of the property.
 
The Victoria Hotel
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The Victoria Hotel  
Hotel in Melbourne  
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The property was one of the oldest hotels built in Melbourne. Initially opened as a humble coffee house during the 19th century, it was then turned into an elegant hotel in the 1920s.
 
Islington Hotel
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Islington Hotel  
Hotel in Hobart  
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The hotel was built in 1847 under Regency architecture. It was first poised as a house then later transformed to an elegant hotel while gaining its current name in 1899.
 
InterContinental Sydney, an IHG Hotel
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InterContinental Sydney, an IHG Hotel  
Hotel in Sydney  
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The hotel boasts a long prestigious history. It was built in 1851 and served as the Treasury Building until it was beautifully restored to a hotel.
 
Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide
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Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide  
Hotel in Adelaide  
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The establishment was first used as Our Boy's Institute's house in 1896. Later the building was repurposed to an office and a college. In 2008, it was finally converted to a boutique hotel.
 
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Bed & Breakfast in York  
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Grand Hotel Melbourne
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Grand Hotel Melbourne  
Hotel in Melbourne  
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In 1842, Melbourne was becoming increasingly industrialized thanks to the building of a railway across the town. As the town flourished, wooden offices became insufficient to meet the demand of residents and workers. Railway commissioners hired William Henry Greene to architect a plan in 1886, the building will have an "imposing appearance" and "Italian architecture". The scale of it all was remarkable even in the 19th century. Construction was finished in 1891, and since then, floors and renovations were added.
 
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