Historic manors for sale
TWO historic homes in the Grafton area are about to change hands again.
Tomorrow Rathgar House, the family home of the first South Grafton mayor, J T McKittrick, goes under the hammer and in Grafton the sale of Huntingdon, the home of Samuel See is close to completion.
Huntingdon at 175 Mary St was the residence of Mr See who was mayor of Grafton multiple times.
The building, a fine "villa" was built around 1880 when Mr See was promoted to the management of the Grafton branch of the firm Nipper & See which had just taken over the Clarence and New England Steamship Company's trade.
In this instance, Huntingdon was a representation of the owner's aspirations for stature within the City of Grafton. In 1882, Mr See stood for election as an alderman and within a year was elected mayor (1883-1890).
Huntingdon was named after his native locality - Huntingdonshire in Eng- land from where he had emigrated in 1853.
Selling agent Rod Ford, from Bailey & Gough said the sale of Huntingdon was "under contract".
Tomorrow's auction of Rathgar House has attracted interest from all over Australia Mr Ford said.
"We've had people fly in from Sydney and Adelaide to have a look at the property," he said.
Mr Ford said people had been interested in developing the property as an up-market bed-and-breakfast, a boutique hotel and a family residence.