Geraldton home on Fitzgerald Street built by World War I veteran more than 100 years ago for sale

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A 100-year-old home on Fitzgerald Street in Geraldton.
Camera IconA 100-year-old home on Fitzgerald Street in Geraldton. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Pressed tin ceilings in almost every room and stained glass windows which colour the sunlight that floods the hallway each afternoon — a home set to go to auction in Beachlands next month is worth more than the sum of its parts.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 124 Fitzgerald Street has four fireplaces and jarrah floorboards, and sits on a 1209sqm double block.

World War I veteran and farmer Tom Anderson Kidd, the home’s builder and first owner, named the house Eli after his birthplace in Scotland.

Thomas Anderson Kidd, Thomas the dog, Grace Heathcote Kidd, James Donald Kidd and James Cecil Kidd at 124 Fitzgerald Street, Beachlands in 1917.
Camera IconThomas Anderson Kidd, Thomas the dog, Grace Heathcote Kidd, James Donald Kidd and James Cecil Kidd at 124 Fitzgerald Street, Beachlands in 1917. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Since then, it has trickled through the hands of only three families.

The exact build date is unknown but it is at least a century old, with current owner Moira Mclean possessing a photograph of Mr Kidd and his family standing on the porch in 1917. His son sold it for $10,000 in 1967 to the Goddard family. They only let go of the property in 2019, selling it for $460,000.

Ms Mclean is selling the property begrudgingly.

“When I walk around and look at the beautiful place, I know I’ll never be able to reproduce it,” she said. “People put dollar signs on houses, but no money can pay for the feeling of this home.”

Ms Mclean is putting the house up for auction privately. Contact her at 0433 253 646 or email moira188@hotmail.com.

A 100-year-old home on Fitzgerald Street in Geraldton.
Camera IconA 100-year-old home on Fitzgerald Street in Geraldton. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

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