Building began in September 1941 and took six months, with Sydneysiders flocking to the site to watch its progress, “providing a welcome distraction to the war,” Gavin Souter says in his book.
The two-storey house was painted white, with an elegant portico and French windows, a green roof and yellow shutters. The front door was painted red. Inside, a circular staircase led to an upstairs bathroom, three bedrooms and a sleep-out veranda.
The Australian Women’s Weekly of 23 May 1942 announced the house had been completed and was waiting to welcome one lucky ticket holder on 26 May.
“Now finished and furnished, replete with every labour-saving device for the convenience of the housewife, this hilltop haven awaits its owners-to-be,” the Editor wrote.
A capacity crowd of hopeful men, women and children flooded Sydney’s Town Hall for the prize draw, with hundreds more turned away.
Widowed grandmother Maude Bennett was declared the winner.