Family Of Actor Bill Hunter In Bitter Feud With 'Defacto' Partner
The family of much-loved Australian actor, Bill Hunter, has been caught in a bitter feud over his estate with a woman claiming to be his defacto.
It was a fight that was always going to end in tears.
This morning Sheriffs marched a sobbing Narelle Johnson from her home, two pillows and a pair of pants tucked under her arm.
Her story is complex, to say the least.
“I am disgusted with the way this whole thing has gone, really, since the death of Mr Hunter,” she told 10 News First
For much of the past decade she has lived alone in a dilapidated shack in the two-horse Victorian town of Raywood.
It was bought as a weekender by Bill Hunter, star of some of our most iconic films, including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Muriel’s Wedding and Gallipolli.
But for the past six years, Narelle has been in a legal battle over his estate with the actor's son and ex-wife, Rhoda Roberts.
Nell -- as she likes to be called -- claims she was the actor's de facto partner before his death and that she helped pay for the house.
“I promised (him) I would come up to live on the farm,” she said.
But there's a problem. Well, a few problems.
No-one can confirm they actually had a relationship.
Her name is not on the property title.
She has no photos of them together.
And there's no evidence of their relationship anywhere online.
Her explanation was less than fulsome.
“So, that's interesting, isn't it. It's all been removed,” she said.
This battle has been going on since 2012, a year after Bill Hunter's death from liver cancer. And it may have a while to run yet.
Narelle Johnson plans to fight her eviction through the courts.
But for now she is homeless, along with her three pet geese.
The house is to be sold and the proceeds split among the actor’s family, closing the book on one of Raywood's most bizarre legal battles.