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Three Grand Homes of New Farm

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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published April 9th 2017
Discover New Farms' Historical Residences
About New Farm
New Farm is centrally located just 2km east of Brisbane's CBD on the edge of the Brisbane River and is also one of the city's oldest suburbs. New Farm is custodian to a number of grand and architecturally historic homes which are well worth checking out on a lazy weekend. The landscape is flat in many streets which makes it an easy, comfortable and pleasant area to walk around and discover Brisbane's rich history and grab a coffee at one of the nearby cafes. So, after a morning caffeine, I took a self-designed walking trail and here are a couple of homes that I found.

New Farm Park is just around the corner from one of the homes on route. End of the Road cafe is at this ferry stop


My first stop was Inglenook on the corner of Moray Street and Sydney Street. This iconic Brisbane property is located on one of the largest private land holding in New Farm. This landmark homestead is just over 3300 sq m and dates back to 1888. Designed by Architect JJ Cohen the house features six bedrooms with extensive original features including a parquetry-floored ballroom, tiled verandas, huge-double-hinged windows and at least six fireplaces embellished with imported English tile surrounds, as well as a majestic entrance staircase and a servant's staircase. Inglenook, was taken over by the Anglican Church in 1942 and until 1975, was known as GFS (Girls Friendly Society) House. It also became a Young Women's Hostel to protect single, at risk girls.

A restoration with an eye for detail

Santa Barbara

Next, I come across Santa Barbara, a Spanish Mission-style residence which was built in 1930 for a cost of 4,000 and was constructed for Mrs Sarah Balls. It was built by DF Roberts to a design by EP (Percy) Trewern who became an extremely successful residential architect during the inter-war period. The blue and yellow house has a heavy, half-round terracotta tiled roof with a curved, bell-like chimney.

A yellow and blue exterior

Santa Barbara's distinctive gates

Elystan House
My last stop is at Elystan House just around the corner from New Farm Park which features a 30-metre frontage, original wrought-iron gates and a grand gabled entry with wraparound verandahs. Set on 1518 square metres of land, the stately Federation-style home was built in 1908.

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Despite my finds, I felt like I just touched the surface of the grand homes of New Farm. More information on these and other properties are available a

How to get there
New Farm is easily accessible by road, bus (Route 199) or relaxing Riverwalk. For mine, nothing beats a day out on the water and the City Cats are only 2 stops from the CBD.

Nothing beats arrive by river ferry

The river shone even on a cloudy day

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Why? Discover New Farm's History
When: Anytime
Where: Moray Street and Oxlade Drive
Cost: Free
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