new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
ex-libris William A. Crowle,  with the engraving of "Wyldefel"  mansion at Potts Point. | by spelio
Back to photostream

ex-libris William A. Crowle, with the engraving of "Wyldefel" mansion at Potts Point.

'Books are the Mentors of the Mind

Tis the mind that makes the body rich.

 

"The sovereignty of man lieth hid in wisdom;

wherein many things are reserved

that kings with their treasure cannot buy,

nor with their force command."

 

See www.flickr.com/photos/spelio/3666294063/ for a note from The Australian dictionary of Biography, about the spelling of "Wyldefel"

 

This was home to Walter and Eliza Hall, who made their fortune from gold.

Walter Hall...

adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090160b.htm?hilite=walter;%26...

 

Where this quote is taken from.

Wildfell,(sic) their home at Potts Point, Sydney, was a large two-storeyed house with the garden extending to the water. Eliza, who loved good jewellery, filled the house and her Melbourne residence with pictures—among them landscapes by Bernard Evans and Alfred Breanski and portraits by Hoppner, Romney and, reputedly, Gainsborough—bronzes, marble statues, china and glass. In the large entrance hall lived an enormous, colourful Brazilian macaw and a chatty cockatoo. Mrs Hall took daily 'carriage exercise'. Childless, she undertook the care of two young orphaned cousins, sending them to boarding schools and in the holidays making them feel that Wildfell was their home.

 

Walter Hall died at Wildfell on 13 October 1911 and was buried in Melbourne general cemetery with Anglican rites. His estate was valued for probate at £2,915,513 in three States, his principal beneficiary being his wife. Soon after his death she set aside £1 million in order to commemorate him and to do something for the benefit of the community and was finally persuaded that her own name should be linked with her husband's. On her instructions, the trust deed of the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust was drawn with Richard Gardiner Casey, (Sir) John French, (Sir) George Kelso King, and (Sir) Adrian Knox as the original trustees. Its terms were made public on Empire Day (24 May) 1912 and it came into operation on 1 January 1913: half of the income was to be spent in New South Wales, the State in which Hall had first made his wealth, one quarter in Queensland, where he had greatly increased it, and one quarter in Victoria, his widow's home State. It was to be used for the relief of poverty, the advancement of education, the advancement of religion in accordance with the tenets of the Church of England, and for the general benefit of the community not falling under the preceding heads. As far as was practicable, one third of the income in each State was to be used for the benefit of women and children.

5,676 views
1 fave
5 comments
Taken on July 20, 2006