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Published September 12th 2015
Spend some time exploring history
You don't have to go far from the Brisbane CBD to stay in a B & B which is a historic cottage. Mary Ann's Cottage is on 12 acres on Burpengary Creek and was one of the houses on the property which was settled in 1868. The property was originally of 320 acres, settled my Maurice Schneider and his wife Mary Ann.
It is recorded that the father of Maurice Schneider, Dr Moritz Schnieder was a Moravian Missionary who arrived with other missionaries in New South Wales in 1838, but died of typhus soon after their ship arrived in Sydney. His widow was pregnant, and she and other missionaries settled in Nundah, where Maurice was born and raised. Sometime later, the missionaries left Nundah and many settled around the Upper Caboolture area, west of Morayfield.
The history of the Schnieder family is well recorded at Mary Ann's Cottage, which is in a restored rainforest. The original cottage was believed to have been built in the 1870's.
One of the Bedrooms
The B & B has two bedrooms and all modern facilities in this lovingly restored cottage which is decorated with wonderful antique furniture. It is in a wonderfully kept garden with lawned areas not far from the banks of Burpengary Creek.
On the property is a historic White Fig tree (Ficus virens) which is believed to be around 200 years old. It is on the National Register of (Australia's) Big Trees, as National Champion, and also listed on the National Trust of Queensland as a tree of significance.
It is a peaceful place, far from "the madding crowd" with lovely lawns and gardens surrounding the cottage, and at night you will be able to sit and wonder at the night sky.
If you like history, and antiques, you will find yourself surrounded by plenty to explore.