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Makepeace Island

Makepeace Island is a small heart shaped island resort located in the Noosa River on Australia's Sunshine Coast. The island is currently owned by Virgin Australia (formerly known as Virgin Blue) founding partners, Brett Godfrey and Sir Richard Branson. The island is Sir Richard Branson's Australian home and can hold up to 22 guests accommodated in three 2-bedroom villas and a 4 bedroom Bali House wing. The property has a tennis court, theatre, two-storey Balinese wantilan, 500,000-litre pool and indoor bar and dining area.

The island (previously known as Pig Island) was named after former owner, Hannah Makepeace who was bequeathed it by her employer for her faithful years of service on the island. Hannah was on the island as housekeeper and then owner until she died at the age of 89 in 1973. The island was originally gazetted as owned by Charles Nicholas and his wife in 1911. Hannah Makepeace was hired in 1924, and as he had no children, Charles left the island to Hannah. Hannah was known by the community as a colourful character. ""Both my parents were teachers locally and would tell us all about Miss Makepeace, she was quite a character by all accounts.""

- Dennis O'Neill (Current caretaker)

After Hannah died the island was owned by the state until 1986 when artist Brian Spencer bought the property and renamed it to Makepeace Island in honour of Hannah.

The island was bought in 2003 by Brett Godfrey and Rob Sherrard before Sir Richard Branson bought Rob's half in 2007. Later that year, construction began on the island to turn it into a luxury resort. The designing of the property was done by Christopher Thomas and Mark Alexander, in collaboration with Brett's wife, Zahra Godfrey. ""Much of the beautiful result is due to Zahra and her designers carrying the Balinese theme from the gardens to the decor.""

- Sir Richard Branson

Gardens and indoor decor include giant sculptures, teak, granite and stone finishes, volcanic boulder bathtubs, ornamental lighting and antiquities and furniture commissioned and acquired in Bali, Java and elsewhere throughout Indonesia.

In July, 2011, Makepeace Island was officially opened as 'Sir Richard's Australian Home' and was made available to the public for exclusive use hire.

 

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Latitude / Longitude : 26° 22' 51" S / 153° 2' 40" E | Time zone : UTC+10 | Currency : AUD | Telephone : 61  

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