Iconic circus performers Antonius and Gertruda van Hoorn list their Cronulla home

The waterfront Cronulla home of Antonius and Gertruda van Hoorn, whose romance began in the acclaimed Circus Renz in Holland in the 1940s, has been listed for an October 15 auction through Matt Callaghan and Melissa Hatheier at Matt Callaghan Property.

There is $4.6m to $5m price guidance for the home at 18a Dodson Avenue, Cronulla.

Supplied Editorial 18a Dodson Avenue, Cronulla, NSW 2230. The waterfront Cronulla home of Antonius (Tony) and Gertruda (Trudy) van Hoorn, whose romance began in the
 acclaimed Circus Renz in Holland in the 1940s, has been listed for October 15 auction.

The waterfront Cronulla home.


The couple were trapeze artists in the circus, with their love story even influencing the script for ­Michael Gracey’s hit musical film The Greatest Showman.

The 2017 movie starred Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams and grossed US$US435m ($A647m) at the box office.

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Supplied Editorial 18a Dodson Avenue, Cronulla, NSW 2230. The waterfront Cronulla home of Antonius (Tony) and Gertruda (Trudy) van Hoorn, whose romance began in the
 acclaimed Circus Renz in Holland in the 1940s, has been listed for October 15 auction.

It has a $4.6m to $5m price guide.


Supplied Editorial 18a Dodson Avenue, Cronulla, NSW 2230. The waterfront Cronulla home of Antonius (Tony) and Gertruda (Trudy) van Hoorn, whose romance began in the
 acclaimed Circus Renz in Holland in the 1940s, has been listed for October 15 auction.

The property last changed hands 47 years ago.


Hugh Jackman in a scene from the movie The Greatest Showman. Supplied by Twentieth Century Fox.


The three-bedroom Dodson Ave home on 720 sqm last traded when bought in a mortgagee sale in 1975 at $46,250. The late couple’s ­children – Yvonne, Tanya, Carmen and Valeska – were all models.

“With views of the iconic Gunnamatta Pavilion and Cronulla Marina from your bedroom and main living space, this coastal home provides a wonderfully unique, waterfront opportunity, with very few stairs from your door to the waters edge,” the listing reads.

Supplied Editorial 18a Dodson Avenue, Cronulla, NSW 2230. The waterfront Cronulla home of Antonius (Tony) and Gertruda (Trudy) van Hoorn, whose romance began in the
 acclaimed Circus Renz in Holland in the 1940s, has been listed for October 15 auction.

Supplied Editorial 18a Dodson Avenue, Cronulla, NSW 2230. The waterfront Cronulla home of Antonius (Tony) and Gertruda (Trudy) van Hoorn, whose romance began in the
 acclaimed Circus Renz in Holland in the 1940s, has been listed for October 15 auction.

Water views from almost every room.


Zac Efron and Zendaya in a scene from the movie The Greatest Showman. Supplied by Twentieth Century Fox.


“Perfect for those looking to downsize but not wanting to be in community living this ultra private and conveniently positioned home is just a short stroll to Cronulla Mall, train station, ferry wharf and beautiful beaches.”

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