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Gold Coast woman selling up after 81 years in the one house

first_imgIT’S the end of an era for Southport woman Patricia Henricksen.The 81-year-old has moved out of her family home and is selling up after living there since she was born in the living room on a winter’s day in 1935.“There wasn’t a hospital back then and mum was in the garden and had a pain,” Miss Henricksen said.“She came inside and I was born. I never married so I’ve had the same room all these years.”Patricia Henricksen was born in the living room of this house at 86 Johnston St Southport and has lived there her entire life. Picture: Glenn HampsonHenricksen’s parents bought the brick and weatherboard house in the early 1930s when the buildings and bustle of Southport were yet to sprout from the landscape of canefields, dirt roads and timber pubs.Then, the Johnston St home was nestled on 16 acres of sprawling farmland, where Henricksen and her older brothers, Martin and Searle, would ride horses and feed them the leafy sugarcane.The Regent was Southport’s first cinema. Located at 50 Nerang St, Southport and opposite today’s Court House Hotel.The popular Pier Theatre had a cafe and indoor golf course and was a popular hub for locals.“Life was slower then,” Henricksen said. “There was nothing here, just dirt roads with laneways and people had horses and buggies,” she said.“A lot of the kids had horses and we used to ride bareback. I used to ride out to Nerang and over to Main Beach – we went over the old Jubilee Bridge right up to The Spit.”The Esplanade, Southport, showing rows of bathing sheds. Modesty was the norm in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Hotels along Marine Parade, Southport, had their own guest bathing boxes that allowed private access to the water. Even the Sisters of Mercy nuns, who established the Star of the Sea Convent in 1898, had their own bathing box to ensure privacy. Source: Royal Historical Society of Queensland.It was a time when Joseph Lyons, Earle Page and Robert Menzies had terms as Australian prime ministers and the seaside village was a favourite destination for Queensland Governor, Sir Anthony Musgrave.Just up the road from the Henricksen family home is a park named after Patricia’s mother, Dolly.“Her name was Olive Charlotte but everyone called her Dolly because she was so beautiful,” she said.A picture of how Southport Slipway and workshops looked when boaties flocked to the Southport base.Her mother was 38 when she married Martin Henricksen, who used to hire out horses for rides between Narrow Neck and The Spit.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoHer grandfather, Burnett, may have been Southport’s first town crier in the 1890s, spruiking local business and events to all who cared to listen.“He used to tell everyone about the Gold Coast I would suspect,” Henricksen said. “He would tell you what was on at the pier and if the theatre had a lovely lunch on.”Patricia Henricksen was born in the living room of 86 Johnston St, Southport. Picture: Glenn HampsonDespite her move into an aged-care home, Henricksen said she would always call 86 Johnston St her home.“It was better than any castle,” she said. “I have wonderful memories there and it’s going to break my heart seeing it sold.”The house, on a 1102sq m block with two street frontages, has one bedroom, a sun room, living room and kitchen.86 Johnston St, Southport from the street.Timber floors, high ceilings and casement windows also feature throughout.Hartnell Realty Ashmore principal Louise Hartnell is marketing the property in conjunction with Doug Hull Real Estate principal Doug Hull.“It’s very unique to get something like this and they don’t come up very often,” Hartnell said. “We’ve had a lot of interest from developers but also from buyers who are keen to live in it.”The auction is on May 6.last_img

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