As reported by Lucy Macken – DOMAIN PRESTIGE REPORTER
Pastoralist Roy Chisholm – whose late father Tony Chisholm was not only the godson of the late, former King Edward VIII but also rumoured to be his illegitimate son – has listed the Bellevue Hill apartment long owned by his late mother Judith Chisholm.
Coming just weeks after Prince Harry tied the knot with American actor and divorcee Meghan Markle, the listing has served as a timely reminder of the Chisholm family’s strong links to the king who caused a constitutional crisis in 1936 when he abdicated to marry his own American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
The intriguing story behind the Chisholm family’s royal connections was first revealed by an Australian Women’s Weekly exclusive in 1936.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor pose after their 1937 wedding at the Chateau de Cande, in France, the year after his abdication. Photo: FILE
While never proven, the story stemmed from reports in the society pages that Chisholm’s mother Mollee Little was known as the King’s favourite dance partner when he visited Australia as a Prince of Wales in 1920.
Tony Chisholm was born in 1921, and according to the Weekly report, “was quite unspoilt by the knowledge that he is the only child in Australia with a Royal godfather.”
“In course of time Miss Molly Little married Mr Roy Chisholm, youngest brother of Lady Milbanke, and when her first child, a son, was born, he was
named ‘David Anthony’, the first name being one of the many that the King bears, and the one by which he is known in his family circle,” the report went on.
The Silchester is a grand block of eight apartments designed by architect Professor Leslie Wilkinson. Photo: Supplied
Tony Chisholm died in 1987 and the four-bedroom apartment was owned by his former wife Judith Chisholm until she died in 2015.
Son Roy’s decision to sell the apartment follows his sale of the family’s long-held Northern Territory property Napperby Station late last year for $20 million to fellow pastoralists Tim and Emily Edmunds.
Adding to its historic significance is the apartment is one of eight in the Spanish mission-style Silchester building that was designed by architect Professor Leslie Wilkinson and owned by former prime minister Sir Joseph Cook until he died in 1947.
The four-bedroom apartment is a sub-penthouse in the block built by former prime minister Sir Joseph Cook. Photo: Supplied
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