Kiama icon Nancy Waters' Bombo Cottage hits the market

The long-time home of much-loved Kiama volunteer Nancy Waters will be auctioned next month. 

The three-bedroom cottage is located at 22 Hothersal Street, overlooking the southern end of Bombo Beach. 

Mrs Waters died in July, aged 86.

ON THE MARKET: There isn’t a price guide available for the property, which will be auctioned on September 15. Pictures: Supplied

ON THE MARKET: There isn’t a price guide available for the property, which will be auctioned on September 15. Pictures: Supplied

The property was once home to the famous Australian writer Charmian Clift, but has been owned by the Waters’ for 60 years. 

Selling agent, First National Coast & Country agent Andy Wharton said the home was built circa 1900 and offered “old world” charm. 

Mr Wharton said Kiama has changed a great deal from the early years of the 20th Century, but this cottage has remained close to its original build. 

There isn’t a price guide available for the property, which will be auctioned on September 15. 

Nancy’s daughter Brenda, who grew up in the home, said 60 years ago, her mother and father Rupert bought the property as a young married couple with three small children. 

She said although 37 years ago an extension and other works had been completed, overall the house hadn’t changed much.

“The neighbourhood has changed a lot, but the house itself hasn’t changed,” she told the Mercury

“It’s had three generations living in it over the years.”

She said the house’s high ceilings and big bedrooms helped create a “very homely” feel. 

“Mum just loved the house – she loved her kitchen, cooking.

“She loved having people come over.

“It was always an open, friendly house; we could have had three visitors in the door before 9am.”

Brenda said she would be “very sad” to see the home leave the family, and it felt like “the passing of an era”. 

Brenda said her mother had always been someone who had put her hand up to help others. 

“She never did anything for an award; it was always just because she loved people.”

Mrs Waters was a member of the Kiama Show Society for more than 50 years and served 15 years as secretary. 

In April 2013, she received the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to the Country Show Movement in NSW.

She was Jamberoo Hockey Club president for 20 years and South Coast Hockey Association vice-president, and held life memberships of both.

Her contributions to the community were again recognised when she was announced as the Kiama municipality's Citizen of the Year in 2003, and awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2007.