72 Goodhope Avenue, Paddington, has a $3m value information forward of subsequent Saturday’s public sale.


The previous basic supervisor of the Nationwide Institute of Dramatic Artwork for nearly 40 years, Elizabeth Butcher, has listed her Paddington residence of fifty years with a value information of $3m.

And the four-bedroom, two-bathroom terrace with storage on a 210sqm block — large for the suburb — at 72 Goodhope Street is attracting appreciable curiosity so The Company’s Sam Hosking has introduced ahead the public sale every week to this coming Saturday.

Butcher, who was honoured with the Member of the Order of Australia for providers to the Performing Arts in 1984, informed Insider: “I’ve beloved residing right here all these 50 years … it’s such a helpful place to reside and never very removed from NIDA and the Opera Home, as we used to go to the theatre each night time.”

With director John Clarke, Butcher helped make the varsity the flagship coaching floor for actors resembling Mel Gibson, and he or she additionally discovered the positioning of the Sydney Theatre Firm, an deserted wharf in Walsh Bay.

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Elizabeth Butcher with Mel Gibson and NIDA director John Clarke in 1991.



“The Premier, Neville Wran, known as me and mentioned he’d like me to discover a new residence for a brand new firm that he wished to ascertain and mentioned it needed to be authorities property,” she mentioned.

“I checked out bus depots and varied different websites … however in the future a person took me to see this wharf.

“There was no different improvement there and no pillars — which was vital — and Wran got here down as mentioned ‘This may very well be the house’.”

As for her own residence, she remembers her father, Cliff Butcher, serving to her buy it.

The charming eating room.


The lounge opens to the courtyard.


“I can’t bear in mind the precise quantity he paid, however not terribly a lot over $100,000,” she mentioned.

“It was 1971 and in these days, banks didn’t lend cash to ladies so my father purchased it and I paid him again by paying lease that paid off the mortgage.”

She says at the moment, there have been solely three of 4 terraces in Paddington that had been restored and he or she remembers the intense colors of the houses both facet of hers.

“One was pink and one was blue — I had fantastic neighbours and most of them had been migrants or refugees who got here to Australia after World Conflict II.

Former NIDA college students Colin Friels, Judy Davis and Tom Burlinson.


Elizabeth’s examine space.


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“I had an English couple on one facet and a Belgian on the opposite.”

Gibson, who’d initially needed to be both a chef or journalist, as a substitute headed to NIDA after his sister submitted an utility on his behalf.

He was all the time an enthusiastic supporter of NIDA and donated virtually $2m to assist fund a brand new theatre there, which opened in 2002.

Says Butcher: “I used to be completely delighted he was such a giant supporter of NIDA,

“Mel was a really industrious and hard-working pupil.

“He had an excellent sense of humour and he and Steve Bisley had been glorious college students.”

Butcher was born in Gundagai and educated at SCEGGS Darlinghurst.


The loos have been up to date.


She has had an extended profession in arts administration, having been GM of NIDA since 1969.

In 1979 she established the Sydney Theatre Firm and has additionally held positions on the NSW Authorities Cultural Grants Advisory Council, the Council of the UNSW, the Australia Council (Chairman of the Theatre Board 1981-1985), the Board of Administration of the Seymour Centre (1984-1989), the Sydney Opera Home Belief (Chairman 1989-1995), Taking part in Australia (Deputy Chairman 1992-1993), and the College of Expertise Arts Administration Course Advisory Committee (Chairperson 1990-1998).

Additionally, she is presently on the board of the NAISDA dance college in Kariong and the board of SKEGGS Darlinghurst.

Butcher isn’t shifting removed from her longtime residence — she’s purchased an residence solely two streets away at The Terraces in Brown Avenue. “I’ll nonetheless have the ability to store at 5 Methods and have my espresso up there,” she mentioned.

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