The Sisters precinct is recognised by author Richard Cotter in No Place for a Colony, as an area of immense Aboriginal significance “and the first place in Victoria to experience frontier violence between settlers and local Aborigines”.
Federal MP and Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt campaigned for the Brumby and Rudd governments to buy the historic property when it hit the market three years ago, describing it as “a once-in-a-century opportunity to preserve our indigenous and European heritage and create one of Australia’s public parks.”
When neither government showed interest, however, the site sold, and after a dispute that went to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal recently, has since been subdivided.
The only available allotment being offloaded by the Shelmerdine’s has a high water mark title, and is big enough to accommodate a new mansion, tennis court, swimming pool and garden.
Selling agents Liz Jensen and Gerald Delany of Kay & Burton, and Ilze Moran and Lloyd Robinson of RT Edgar are expecting the site, with an address of 3080 Point Nepean Road, to sell for about $6 million.