When Christina Hinkley first laid eyes on her Sydney home in 1954 she couldn’t believe her luck.
‘My God, am I going to live here?’ she whispered as she arrived at the terrace just a few hundred metres from the city’s harbour and iconic bridge.
But after stubbornly refusing to leave for years, dementia sufferer Mrs Hinkley, 83, and her husband Chris, 67, will soon be kicked out of their four-storey castle.
The elderly couple is one of the last public housing families to be ejected from their Millers Point home under a New South Wales government scheme to sells off old properties for millions of dollars to pay for new housing commission homes.
‘There will be a tear in my eye when we leave,’ Mr Hinkley said.
The home may be a little quirky and outdated – it has a bathroom on the balcony but the toilet is in the back yard.
It has been renovated slightly over the years but is now ‘getting a bit tired’ as the couple age.
As ‘tired’ as the property gets the couple are truly devastated it will no longer be called home.
‘We still have community meetings but people agree – it isn’t bad, but it is not the same.’
The couple will have a three month period to move from their home to their new home – in the hope a longer transition will be less of a shock for Mrs Hinkley.
Her little piano will go with them.