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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 27 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 28, 2008 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Fleeting visit starts 100-year journey FIONA BRADY Thelma Sherratt celebrated her 100th birthday at Bethel Nursing Home, Ashfield. Picture: PHIL BLATCH PP183268 HER middle name is Louisiana, after a battleship in the US Navy's Great White Fleet that sailed into Sydney Harbour the day after she was born. Last week as commemorations were held to mark the 100th anniversary of that historic US visit, Thelma Louisiana Sherratt also celebrated her century at Bethel Nursing Home, Ashfield Shediditinstyle--witha Chinese meal and two helpings of birthday cake. Her only child, Illma Sherratt, said her mum's unusual middle name had been given to her by her father, a bandmaster who'd been invited to help celebrate the arrival of the Great White Fleet. Only two of the battleships had female names -- the Virginia and the Louisiana -- and Mrs Sherratt was christened with the latter. She was born in Newcastle, NSW, but has lived in Ashfield since 1980. She worked as a small- business woman and had a passion for travelling. Ms Sherratt said her mum had been counting down the days to her landmark birthday ''It was a very happy occasion,'' she said, adding that the icing on the (birthday) cake was the congratulatory letter from the Queen. ''That was a thrill for us,'' she said. Money talks as Yasmar awaits fate KIM SHAW state parliament HISTORIC Yasmar House in Haberfield could become a pri- vate residence similar to Bronte House or Rose Bay Cottage under plans released by Lands Minister Tony Kelly. Other options for the 1956 Greek revival-style sandstone villa include a hotel, office space, restaurant or ''mixed uses''. The Haberfield Society wants the entire site to be used as a heritage campus. But the government's draft management plan said this was ''not considered feasible''. It said breaking the current lease arrangement with Co.As.It for a bilingual Italian school in the east wing and asking Juven- ile Justice to vacate the west wing ''would involve a change of political will and possibly financial penalties''. Nor does the plan consider an art gallery suitable because ''it would require airconditioning, not in keeping with the heritage values of the building''. Community uses would satisfy the public access requirement, the plan said, but ''would not provide a steady income stream''. Mr Kelly said a Yasmar Reserve Trust steering committee would help decide on an appropriate and sensitive restoration and adaptive reuse of Yasmar Reserve. This would involve representa- tives from Ashfield Council, key local groups such as Co.As.It, Haberfield School, Haberfield As- sociation, Friends of Yasmar, and the State Government and the Heritage Council. The government has committed $1 million over seven years for urgent repair works to prevent further deterioration of the damp- prone villa. Co.As.It will pay $120,000 and the rest will come from the future leaseholder. Full restoration costs have been estimated at $3 million, with $100,000 a year for maintenance, hence the desire for tenants who can generate an income. Read the full report online at www.innerwestweekly.com.au
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