IT was Jimi Hendrix who sang that castles made of sand fall in the sea eventually.
A castle built in an otherwise ordinary residential street at Buff Point, just south of Lake Macquarie, is in ruins – but still standing.
Legend has it that a feller named Bill Muncke started building the castle for his wife, but when she died he was heartbroken and couldn’t finish it.
Newspaper clippings and a historic account tell a different story.
Bill and his wife Alisa started building the castle, which overlooks Budgewoi Lake, in the 1940s. They called it Castle Rose.
His wife had accompanied him to the site almost every weekend for years to work on the project.
In 1968, Bill fell off the roof and was unable to work on the project for some time.
He told a newspaper in 1969 he built the castle to keep busy.
‘‘A man’s mind must be occupied,’’ he said.
‘‘He must have some aim, a goal to look forward to.’’
His wife died in 1971. He remarried, but his second wife died four years later.
In 1976, developers planned to use the site for weddings, but Wyong Shire Council rejected the plan over a lack of parking.
Bill sold the property in 1977 and died in 1990 aged 90.
The now-defunct Gosford Star reported in 1980 that a new owner won council approval to convert the castle into four units.
But for some reason, this never happened.
DID anyone notice an abundance of backyard fireworks on New Year’s Eve? Herald editorial kingpin Chad Watson mentioned this was the case in his neck of the woods.
Come to think of it, we noticed plenty of fireworks in our suburb as well. We wonder if more people are buying fireworks illegally on the web (perhaps the dark web).
Surely punters aren’t going all the way to Canberra just to buy fireworks?
Topics loves the spectacle of fireworks, but feels sorry for all the frightened pets.
BUREAUCRATS handling Newcastle’s rail-line cut seem to have a bit of trouble with spelling.
First it was Wickham being spelt as ‘‘Wycombe’’, as the Herald’s Greg Ray pointed out in typically witty fashion last year. Now they’ve spelt Stewart Avenue in Wickham as ‘‘Stuart Avenue’’.
Topics wonders if the people doing the spelling come from Sidney.
Mind you, Topics is part of the newspaper business and we know that people in glass houses ...
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