A sense of ‘Home’ has always motivated John Symond. As the founder and Executive Chairman of Aussie Home Loans, John Symond has dedicated his career to assisting his fellow Australians to purchase their own homes. His services to the community and his philanthropic support for many children’s charities was recognised in 2002 when he received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). So where would such a man choose to live? What type of home would he choose to build? And what would he put inside it? These questions are answered in Wingadal, where John Symond opens the doors to his magnificent Point Piper residence and invites readers to take a virtual tour. Wingadal tells the story of John Symond’s discovery and acquisition of his exceptional harbourside land. It describes the design and construction of his home, and his passionate attention to detail when choosing every last fixture and fitting. The investment in this house is far more than financial. It is a home that betrays John Symond’s singular eye for detail and respect for fine craftsmanship. It has been personally furnished with an eclectic mix of museum-quality French Art Deco furniture and Mid-century classics, and decorated with a vast collection of Australian and international art. Wingadal has character. It is as individual as John Symond himself.
Point Piper, and the land on which John Symond built his home, has its own rich architectural heritage, so this book includes chapters on the notable residents and the grand houses that have graced this remarkable peninsula since Governor Lachlan Macquarie granted 190 acres of Crown Land to Captain John Piper in 1816.
In producing this book, John Symond pays his respects to those who have dwelt on this land before him, including the Gadigal people, the original custodians of this land prior to European settlement.
Hardcover | 280 pages | 290 x 280 mm | not for public sale