HAFS Journal Vol 15 No 2 – November 2019 – Homes and Heroes


Ballyrisode House, County Cork, Ireland a Hungerford home from 1895 to 1989, Lesley Abrahams;

Fernhill House, Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland: a Hungerford home, Lesley Abrahams;

Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert (1831–1905), Pauline Tyrrell;

Gregan Thomas McMahon [E.6.12a] and the Sydney Repertory Theatre, Brett Harvey;

‘Island Boy’ – Sir Thomas Davis [L.VIII.iv.3.5a.2b], Gabrielle Buckley.


Houses become homes when they are lived in for long enough for their inhabitants to shape their ambience. This happens not only through fabric alterations, furniture arrangements and garden developments, but in the way those who live there relate to one another, mark special occasions and face the tragedies which mar human life.

So ‘home’ is one aspect of this Journal: the pair about Hungerford houses from Ireland were researched and penned by Lesley Abrahams [H.4a.1b.1c.1d / E.6.5a.1b.1c.1d]. The third, of Villa Ada park in Rome, a home without walls to locals and many guests, was compiled from online sources.

People become heroes when the example of their living inspires others to follow in their footsteps. Three articles take up the lives of three twentieth century people from very different walks of life.

Pauline Tyrrell [E.2a.4a.10b.1c.2d=] has written up the wide-ranging life of Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert, first Premier of Queensland, and an outstanding example of what it means to be a ‘public servant’ dedicated to the well-being of society.

Brett Harvey [E.1.1a.15b.1c.1d.1e=] writes – and shows through graphics –the wide-ranging career of Gregan Thomas McMahon [E.6.12.a], instigator of the Sydney Repertory Theatre, and an actor who fulfilled an amazing range of roles.

Gabrielle Buckley (Pauline Tyrrell’s sister) puts pen to paper to outline the incredible career of Sir Thomas Robert Alexander Harries Davis [L.VIII.iv.3.5a.2b]: sailor, scholar, doctor, politician and more besides: a hero of the Cook Islands.

Enjoy reading this varied collection. You would not be doing so without a lot of research leading to words by our writers, who keep on keeping on! Their words may lead you to reflect on where and how find home, and who are the heroes who have formed and continue to shape your own hopes and ideals.

And these articles may inspire you to tell a story of your own, or want to follow up on something that provoked your curiosity. If so, don’t hesitate to contact the Society: the easiest way is via the website.

Charles Sherlock AM, Editor

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