Significance of riverside property to appeal to buyers who love history

first_img17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket.A Brisbane couple who named their five-bedroom riverside sanctuary Shangani, never realised the history the Fig Tree Pocket land had stockpiled.The name was in deference to their Rhodesian (now Zimbabwean) upbringing and the gallant bravery of the Shangani Patrol.They had not only purchased the property at 17 Ningana St, from former Australian Defence Minister John Moore, who had deployed troops to East Timor and the UN Peacekeepers, but further back it was owned by Sir Jack Leggo, who was a member of the RAF Dambusters team in World War 2, that was sent on a single air mission to destroy Germany’s dams and industrial centres. 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoIn stark contrast to the bustle of battle, Shangani is an oasis of calm and peace on 1.34ha of landscaped gardens bordered by a private creek with two waterfalls and the Brisbane River.Owners Barry and Merle O’Rourke said their property’s name was perfect.“As well as the historical significance of the Shangani River in Rhodesian history, the word itself means a ‘junction’ and was originally used to indicate the junction of two waterways — hence the name for our property, which is at the junction of the Brisbane River and the CubberlaCreek,” Mrs O’ Rourke said. 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket.The couple, who had also lived in London and Melbourne, wanted space to raise their young family and found it in droves.“When we moved here 23 years ago there were cows in the paddock opposite us and we knew the moment we saw it, we had to have it,” Mr O’Rourke said.The couple, a former lawyer and merchant banker, said the house was designed with entertaining in mind.The property features a tennis court, swimming pool, and a temperature controlled cellar with a 6000 bottle capacity. The property is being marketed with offers over $7 million by Place Paddington agents Simon Wheelans and Rachael Spinks.last_img

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