House of Riches closing after 37 years

Simon Sullivan and Ann and Fred Broadley outside House of Riches that is closing down after 37 years. Picture: David Baylis.
Simon Sullivan and Ann and Fred Broadley outside House of Riches that is closing down after 37 years. Picture: David Baylis.

HOUSE of Riches in Cottesloe is closing down after 37 years.

Co-owners Ann and Fred Broadley and Simon Sullivan will shut the doors of the antique and bespoke jewellery shop on December 24.

For the past 17 years, Mrs Broadley has been the face of the Napoleon Street business, Mr Broadley the master jeweller and Mr Sullivan the antique buyer.

It was Mr Broadley’s Parkinson’s disease diagnosis that ultimately determined the decision.

“Fred was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago and it’s progressed so we made a decision not to renew the lease when it’s up at the end of this year,” Mrs Broadley said.

“The worst thing for a jeweller is Parkinson’s.

“Fred and I will do some travelling while he still can.”

The Broadley’s and Mr Sullivan have known each other for more than 30 years and supplied jewellery and antiques to the previous House of Riches owners before buying the business that was then located at Cottesloe Village.

The trio moved the shop to Napoleon Street eight years ago.

Mr Sullivan said some amazing customers had walked through the doors over the years.

He recalls a patriotic silver vase that was produced in the early 1800s after the Battle of Trafalgar.

“It turned up locally and a local bought it,” Mr Sullivan said.

Mr Broadley said he’d created all sorts of pieces for customers over the years from engagement and wedding rings to 18ct gold pieces for a shirt collar to keep it in place.

House of Riches will have a closing down sale from September 1 that will include all pieces as well as shop fittings such as cabinets and chandeliers and treasured items that have been kept in the vault out the back.