who came to
Alistair McAlpine, Lord McAlpine of West Green, is an Independent Conservative member of the House of Lords, and has been a director of the family-run construction firm, Sir Robert McAlpine and Sons Ltd, for over thirty years. He was Treasurer of the Conservative party from 1975 to 1990 and its Deputy Chairman from 1979 to 1983. He is a regular contributor to the Spectator, the Mail on Sunday and other papers, and has been actively involved in the arts for many years. He is the author of several books.
Lord Alistair McAlpine, is largely responsible for the Broome of today. Lord Mac fell in love with
From the first time Lord Mac came to Broome he had his heart set on the magnificent stretch of land bordering the beautiful
Opened in May 1988, the first stage of the resort was a collection of Broome-style bungalows, a reception area, dining area and a small functions area. From these humble beginnings
Today there is a "tropical" atmosphere to welcome guests to the resort.
The magnificent pool is surrounded by luxury villas.
Each stroll along the covered walkways brings a new experience to delight the eye.
The inspiration for Broome was due to the 19th century ‘pearl rush’ and the pearling industry left a cosmopolitan and colourful legacy, despite Broome’s isolation. It is said that at least 58 languages are spoken in the Shire of Broome, culture is a significant feature of Broome, and this was what Lord Mac has emphasised.
A pearling lugger at anchor in Roebuck Bay at high tide.
The tidal range at Broome is about 30 feet so at low tide this lugger is
high and dry in a mangrove swamp.
Most of the pearler's were Japanese which led to many of them being interned for the duration of WW2, Mother of pearl was the material most shirt buttons were made of in the days before plastics and was a large part of the pearling industry.
Lord Mac, would travel the world then return with vast collections of artwork, artefacts and furniture from Dutch Colonial, Asian and Middle Eastern origins. Even today, these worldly possessions decorate the rooms, restaurants and gardens of the Resort, and many of these pieces boast their own history and cultural significance.
His choice of location could not have been better, Cable beach, (so named because it was the location for an undersea Cable which was connected in the 1870s) all 22 kilometres of it. This is undoubtedly one of the world's most stunning beaches - a pure white band bordering a brilliant blue ocean.
Just the place for lazy days and sunset camel rides, as it covers such a distance there are many places among the rocks that have become “clothing optional” beaches, thus a pleasant 4WD jaunt along the beach can present some unexpected pleasures.
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