Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions features the collection of leading Melbourne socialite the late Billie Tyrrell, whose former Naval lieutenant husband Harry founded National Can Industries.
Born in 1924 in Malvern, Billie spent most of her early life at Katanga, an elegant home designed by famous architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear for her prominent lawyer father Wesley Armstrong Ince.
Both he and his wife loved to entertain and Billie and her sister Betty grew up surrounded by fine art, furnishings china and silver.
A practising physiotherapist, Billie married Harry Tyrrell in 1957 and they had two children – living in both Toorak and Hawthorn before retiring to an elegant apartment in Clivedon, East Melbourne and also spending time at their Gippsland farming property in Victoria’s east.
Together Billie and Harry amassed a substantial local and international collection of sterling silver and porcelain during extensive travels to Europe, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.