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Open the book and step back in time
Neville Court, Maxwell Street - image courtesy of Gerard Benjamin
This Saturday, former Governor of Queensland, the Honourable Penelope Wensley AC will launch "Homes with History" - the new book by New Farm identity and local historian, Gerard Benjamin. The book covers 20 homes from in and around the New Farm/Teneriffe area. Whilst showcasing the architecture of these homes through images, Gerard says, "This book pays less attention to architecture and more to people. In fact, it is really all about people - those who built the houses, the architects they employed, and the successive families who lived in them."
Coronet Court, Brunswick Street - image courtesy of Gerard Benjamin
James Gibbon was one such resident, coming to Australia from England, buying land at Teneriffe and building Teneriffe House. In his book, Gerard has included letters written by Gibbon between the years 1848 - 1851. At the launch, a letter written by one of the Gibbon family descendants (still residing in England) to the people of New Farm will be read to those present.
For those interested, Gerard will be conducting a walking tour of historical New Farm on April 18th. For details see the Bright Learning website here. You may also want to keep your eyes open when reading the Courier Mail, as it will shortly be running a story on one of these special homes situated in Annie Street and owned by the Downes family.
The Shapes and Shadows of Balfour Street - image courtesy of David Hinchliffe
In conjunction with this book launch, there will be an all-day art exhibition, giving visitors the opportunity to meet well known artists: David Hinchliffe, Jan Jorgensen, Trevor Downes, Piliippa Webb, Stewart Free and Liesbeth Thie. Their paintings of iconic homes and streetscapes of the New Farm peninsula will be for sale.
Wynberg, Brunswick Street - image courtesy of David Hinchliffe
The author of Homes with History, Gerard Benjamin will be available from 10am to sign purchased books. If you're unable to make the launch, the book will be on sale from the New Farm and Districts Historical Society and from local outlets, Mary Ryan and New Farm Editions. The soft cover of the book will sell for $35 whilst a numbered limited edition hard cover version will cost $59.50.