The fairytale residence of Sydney’s World War II “Dancing Man” has sashayed onto the market with price expectations of about $15 million.
Featuring six bedrooms and a storybook facade that resembles a mythical gingerbread house, the 1850s home known as Roslyndale in exclusive Woollahra on Roslyndale Ave was the longtime home of the late Patricia and Frank McAlary.
Mr McAlary, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 84, had a distinguished legal career as a Sydney barrister.
But later in life was revealed to be the “Dancing Man” after it was discovered he was the joyous gentleman caught on film leaping and twirling his hat in the air as Sydneysiders celebrated the end of World War II on VP Day 1945.
The film was shown on cinema newsreels with Movietone News shortly afterwards, but then lost to the annals of history.
However, in the lead up to the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II an organisation known as Australia Remembers set out to find out who appeared in the iconic newsreels. For decades historians weren’t sure who the happy chap was with a former electrical fitter by the name of Ern Hill mistakenly claiming it was him.
The Australian Mint even made the error in a commemorative $1 coin in the early 2000s leading Mrs McAlary to ask for an apology.
Although Mr McAlary didn’t put his hand up immediately, he eventually did under pressure from colleagues and friends.
McAlary’s claim was backed by media reports in 2004 when then QC, Chester Porter, said he and a former Compensation Court judge, Barry Egan, had seen Mr McAlary being filmed dancing.
Mrs McAlary passed away late last year at the age of 97 and the time has come for the Roslyndale Ave home to find a new custodian.
Records show the pair bought Roslyndale for $425,000 in 1978.
Mark Daley and Bob Guth of newly formed Bradfield BadgerFox are marketing the picturesque Dutch Colonial style manor which was designed by Architect Frederick Clarke and meticulously crafted from Sydney sandstone.
It and sits in a quiet cul-de-sac on a private 961sq m land parcel with manicured ground and an exceptional 32m of street frontage.
Inside the rare trophy home, which is set to go under the hammer on August 16, there is a grand entrance hall, multiple living areas, a home office, four bathrooms and a cellar.