Darling Point terrace of the late forthright judge Roddy Meagher on the market: Title Tattle

Darling Point terrace of the late forthright judge Roddy Meagher on the market: Title Tattle
Darling Point terrace of the late forthright judge Roddy Meagher on the market: Title Tattle

The Darling Point home of the late Roddy Meagher, who was perhaps the most loquacious of latter-day judges, has been listed for sale with price hopes of $3 million plus.

It was his home for 40 years, starting some 10 years after he’d married his late wife, Penny.

The three-level Darling Point Road terrace with overgrown facade sits on a 322-square-metre block. His art collection was cleared out several years ago. It’s been listed by LJ Hooker Double Bay agents Alain Waitsman and Emma Barbour.

Meagher, was called to the bar in 1960, was renowned for his many forthright pronouncements, which his obituaries noted turned into occasions of public outrage or amusement.

He certainly didn’t let up in private, as Title Tattle can attest, dining with Meagher – who dominated the conversation at his mate Charles Lloyd Jones’s place.

Roderick Pitt "Roddy" Meagher, AO QC – named one of Sydney's most adroit QCs on intellectual property matters in 1988 – served as a justice of the NSW Supreme Court and Court of Appeal from 1989 until 2004.

He died aged 79 last July.

He was a cousin of Patrick White and his family owned country stores, which provided the wealth to fund of his Jesuit education, and then his University of Sydney law degree.

Meagher’s art collection of 2,000 paintings and drawings, dozens of sculptures, ceramics and antiquities was bequeathed to Sydney University two years ago.

As well as his house in Darling Point, he had a farm in Bowral. He left most of his estate to his only daughter, Amy.

A $3.75 million sale was recorded two doors away last year.

 

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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