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Published January 3rd 2011
Long before the suffragettes, or even the Spice Girls, Victorian era women in Queensland weren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Miegunyah (35 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills) is a testament to their strength.
Miegunyah is a Queensland Women's Historical Association project that pays homage to the pioneering women of the state. The restored traditional Queenslander home is an example of how people – especially women – lived and worked in the nineteenth century, and is the only Queenslander home built in the 1800's that is open to the public.
This heritage home is open for inspection and tours on Wednesday from 10.30am until 3.00pm, and on weekends from 10.30am until 4.00pm. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour and morning or afternoon tea for $5 for adults and $1 for children. Group tours are welcome by prior arrangement.
The house is on the original block and still possesses many original features, such as the windows, floorboards and iron lacework. The interior is an exact replica of the opulent Victorian era and houses antique furniture, art works, ornamentation, rugs, tapestries and laundry equipment. The Queensland Women's Historical Association archives are also located in Miegunyah and can be accessed by appointment.
Miegunyah is a combination heritage house and museum that gives guests an idea of what 19th century life was like – the lavish and beautiful decorations as well as the sweaty kitchens and back breaking laundries.