Queensland house in fight to defend the north

Debra Bela

Information Corp Australia Community

The loaded historical past of this home at 14 Mango Ave, Mundingburra will go on to new owners immediately after its auction afterwards this thirty day period.


3 months ahead of Japan launched air raids on Townsville in the course of Environment War II, a suburban household in the vicinity of the Ross River joined the struggle to protect Queensland’s north.

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Set amid Chinee apple trees, the now five-bedroom home at 14 Mango Ave, Mundingburra, was wherever the commander of the 5th Division, Edward James Milford, recognized a non permanent Sophisticated Headquarters in April 1942.

14 Mango Ave, Mundingburra.


“They weren’t listed here for quite very long, only around three months until finally they moved to the foothills of Mount Stuart,” recent owner, Leanne McGennity, claimed.

“The men and women who lived in this place utilized to have to get a pass to get into the street, due to the fact they had tents and were being sleeping beneath the Chinee apple trees.”

The air raids lasted a few evenings in July 1942 and it was in that month that the navy moved to extra long lasting headquarters as plans have been drawn up for the probability of a land invasion.

Crowds in Flinders St soon after the Entire world War II peace announcement on August 15, 1945. Picture: Townsville Metropolis Libraries


The apple trees are lengthy long gone, alongside with the danger of invasion, and officers of the unique 5th Division would hardly recognise the property that experienced been their short term headquarters.

The residence has deep balconies and is set back again from the road.


For virtually 20 a long time, the 1920s Queenslander has been household to Leanne and William McGennity, who are now getting ready the residence for auction on August 20.

The kitchen has been renovated.


“We purchased it in 2003, we had 3 small children at the time and the boys had been 22 and 23 and they ended up nonetheless sharing a area, and my daughter turned 19 the working day we moved in. We imagined it was time for the boys to have their personal rooms immediately after all people decades.”

The close-knit loved ones all labored in the household device business until eventually less expensive overseas imports built that line of do the job a lot less rewarding. Leanne and her daughter purchased a gymnasium 15 decades back and now take care of two F45 fitness centers in Townsville.

Leanne McGinnety at home at 14 Mango Ave, Mundingburra. Image: supplied


“When we acquired the home it was the ugly duckling,” Mrs McGennity said. “But it had this plaque on it and I assumed, ‘Oh my goodness, there’s a very little a lot more record here’. I haven’t uncovered any other relics about the property, only my spouse. He’s downstairs, he did not hear that.”

The property has undergone a sequence of extensions because the war and the McGennitys have designed their very own improvements in the course of their remain.

“We pulled out the kitchen area and renovated it and the major bathroom. We changed all the tongue and groove and repainted inside of.”


Carpets had been pulled up to reveal hardwood floors, and in the most latest renovation, a new ensuite was added.

“The yard was incredibly minimal when we acquired it, with all this pink gravel and the garden was overgrown, so we bought an individual in to enable and we constructed it up and put in a circle driveway and place the pond in with new plantings.”

Leanne McGinnety with the pond she experienced mounted. Image: supplied


The home, on 1527sq m, consists of 290sq m of residing and entertaining space with 5 bedrooms, a enjoy room, ornate fretwork a butler’s pantry bigger than most kitchens, and three bathrooms.

There is also a individual 123sq m dwelling that has been made use of as a teenager’s retreat beside the in-ground salt water pool with its timber decking.

“There are other Queenslanders on the street but this is a thoroughly distinct dwelling to what you’d ordinarily see,” Mrs McGennity reported. “I actually am likely to skip the room and the liberty, you can walk close to the property and no person can see you.

Classic attributes are nevertheless a hallmark of the property.


“We’re now all set for the up coming step. The kids all have their individual lives now. Who is aware, we could possibly have to pitch a tent in someone’s entrance yard. Yeah, like the officers did in our garden all those people many years in the past.”

Loretta Fabbro of REMAX Excellence – Townsville will choose 14 Mango Ave, Mundingburra to auction on Saturday, August 20, at 11am.

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