Designed by George Addison and built in 1850, Karuna (formerly known as Rosemount) is a magnificent example of period architecture built of stone. In its original state, the grand house contained a drawing room, dining room, four bedrooms and hall with marble chimney pieces, enriched cornices and centres, an ornate porch and grounds featuring a rose garden.
Four years later, the site was acquired by the Queensland Government for a permanent hospital, providing geriatric and mental health services and was later added to the Queensland Heritage Register.
Today, it is known as Karuna, which means"compassion" and it provides in-home and in-community clinical, practical, emotional and spiritual care based on Buddhist practices to those facing life-limiting illnesses. Karuna's important work services families and homes in Brisbane's northern suburbs, Caboolture and Redcliffe.
As a major fundraiser, Karuna holds an annual Christmas market in the lead up to the holiday season with festive food, jams, cakes, Christmas decorations, crafts and gifts. This year's market will be held on Friday 24 November 2017 from 2pm-7pm. Why not visit the market and check out the beautiful building while also supporting the important ongoing work of the centre.