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Published November 15th 2014
Craft stalls, Trash & Treasure & Devonshire Tea
The Annual Christmas Craft Fair at Wolston Historic House is on again this Sunday 23rd November. The National Trust of Queensland maintains 11 properties in Queensland, of which Wolston House is one.
Courtesy, Queensland Places, Google Photographs
Wolston House is situated in Grindle Road, Wacol is the oldest surviving residential farmhouse in Brisbane. It was built in pre-separation days, i.e. before Queensland and New South Wales were separated as two independent States and was initially the home for the Crown Commissioner for Lands Dr Stephen Simpson. Later pastoralist Matthew Goggs purchased the house ca 1860. He extended the house to include reception rooms and a children's wing for his new wife Anne and growing family. It is said he named the house "Wolston" after a place in England where he once resided.
Courtesy, National Trust, Google Images
Financial reversals led to the sale of Wolston to the Grindles, a Northern Ireland family in 1907. They used the land for dairying and in 1950 when the Hurley family purchased the property the land was also used for this purpose. In December 1963, the National Trust of Queensland took over the maintaining and conserving of Wolston House adding to its heritage value.
Wolston House - Courtesy, Google Images
Today Wolston House has six rooms, detached lean-tos and two cellars. A verandah along its eastern side allows access to each room. A tea terrace was constructed in 2010 within the footprint of the brick 1860s children's wing, a section of the complex demolished in the 1960s following a decision by the Trust that would not have been made today. Furnished as a house museum, Wolston House includes items which are associated with its former owners.
Around 23 klms or 26 minutes from Brisbane, the Wolston Historic House Christmas Craft Fair is well within a Sunday's drive to a once-a-year market and a wander around the house and land of this unique Queensland heritage property. Craft stalls, trash and treasure, Devonshire tea, home-baked goodies are all available. This year entertainment includes performances by the Queensland Colonial Association. A hand-made quilt by the Wolston volunteers will be raffled on the day. Come out and enjoy your day by sitting under the 160 year-old fig tree whilst enjoying a sausage sizzle.