How many of us have driven past this historical house in Yandina on the way to The Ginger Factory or Nut Works and not even had the slightest notion to stop. Standing steadfastly at the roundabout in Pioneer Road, Yandina, is the Yandina Historic House. This landmark was built in 1899 - 1900 at a place called Bridges about two kilometres north of Yandina by the pioneer John Gustave Sommer for his family home. His wife Fredericka (Rikka) named it 'Tillstead' after her birthplace in Denmark.
Yandina Historic House set In beautiful parklands - Image: Elaine de Wet
The house changed hands six times, having been owned in turn by John Sommerville, Thomas Arthur Graham, Joan Sharp, George Sharpe, Katherine Rose Somerset and finally in 1923, Benjamin Morgan Williams. By this time the name of the house had changed to 'Kenaldare'. Three generations of the Williams family lived here with son Rhys and his wife, Margaret, holding their wedding reception at 'Kenaldare' in 1978.
The old organ that used to be in the Ninderry Mission Church - Image: Elaine de Wet
In 1996, Main Roads resumed the property to make way for the new Bruce Highway and the house was relocated to its present site.
Take a walk through the Yandina Historic House - it's totally free - and you'll find a team of dedicated volunteers, who are able and willing to assist you with information regarding tourist destinations and historical sites in and around Yandina. Historical displays are exhibited, including an organ which was donated to the Yandina Historical Society in 2012 by the Freemasons, who purchased it in 1926 when the old NInderry Mission Church was dismantled. The non-denominational church was built in the 1890's and served the Ninderry community. Some of the timber from the building was recycled as a shelter shed on Mount Ninderry.
I'm sure I learned to type on one of these at school - Image: Elaine de Wet
Other rooms in this historical house have been dedicated to local Sunshine Coast Artists with artwork and art pieces, reflecting the traditional nature of the house. All artwork is available for sale and a different artist is portrayed each month.
Devonshire teas, light lunches, quiche with salad, hot soups and coffee are all available too. Relax in the parkland setting of Yandina Historic House or take a wander through the various rooms to enjoy the local artists and historical displays.
Through the dedicated work of volunteers the House has been open to the public since November 2003 and is a non-profit organisation and as such are very happy for you to stop in, enjoy their offerings and perhaps buy a trinket or two.
Make a pit-stop at Yandina Historic House - Image: Elaine de Wet