Historic home lost to Margaret River firehttp://theage.domain.com.au/architectur ... 1o2rg.html
November 29, 2011 - 2:12PM
Wallcliffe House, built near Prevelly Beach in 1865, is left gutted following a bush fire. Residents from the town of Prevelly fled to the beach for safety and then had to evacuate on jet ski as the bush fires reached the sands. Photo: Pool
The heritage-listed homestead of leading Australian businessman, Michael Chaney, was among 30 homes destroyed in the Margaret River fire.
Chaney is the chairman of the National Australia Bank and Woodside, he is also the son of Menzies government minister Fred Chaney.
Historic Wallcliffe House, which stood on the banks of the Margaret River, was gutted by fire after flames escaped from a prescribed burn on Wednesday.
Wallcliffe House was an important example of early colonial architecture and home to one of WA's finest collections of antique furniture said Chaney. "It's completely devastated," he said.