The Castle

Australia’s real-life The Castle: Family take their David and Goliath battle to save their home

PHOTO: Their tale was reminiscent of the classic Australia film the ‘Castle’ where the Kerrigan Family (pictured) goes to court to stop the government taking ownership of their home in Melbourne suburb Coolaroo 

  • An Australian family has won a four year legal battle to build their dream home  
  • Nick Deguisa and Tori McKenzie hit a road block trying to develop their land 
  • They were told they were not allowed to develop because of a 1960s land title 
  • So they took it to the High Court and won their case to subdivide their property 

An Australian family has won a four-year legal battle to build their dream home.

Nick Deguisa and Tori McKenzie hit a road block while trying to develop their land at Henley Beach Road at Fulham in Adelaide.

The couple had wanted to subdivide the land and build a four-bedroom home for their growing family.

But their neighbours lodged a dispute over their plans because of the fineprint on a 1960s legal document.

After a four year battle the couple finally won the right to subdivide their land after taking the case all the way to the High Court.

Their tale is reminiscent of the classic Australia film the ‘Castle’ where the Kerrigan Family goes to court to stop the government taking ownership of their home.

Nick Deguisa and Tori McKenzie hit a road block trying to develop the land they owned at Henley Beach Road at Fulham in Adelaide (pictured)

Nick Deguisa and Tori McKenzie hit a road block trying to develop the land they owned at Henley Beach Road at Fulham in Adelaide (pictured)

The home used to be part of a 54 block lot of land which had been carved from a larger property by developer A. & H. F. Gaetjen

The home used to be part of a 54 block lot of land which had been carved from a larger property by developer A. & H. F. Gaetjen 

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