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Wolston House Heritage Day

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by Denise H-C (subscribe)
Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Enjoy a picnic and wander the halls of this historic house
Heritage Trust Qld Wolston House
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Wolston House opens on 4 May 2014 to reveal its secrets. Learn the stories of the lives of the previous owners, the hardships and the joyful journeys they made to find a better life in Queensland.

Enjoy a guided tour of Wolston house, view the history and displays. Learn more about how our ancestors lived.

During the Open Day wander around craft stalls and search for bargains at the Trash & Treasure.

Bring a picnic and relax under the shade of the 160 year old fig tree while enjoying the entertainment provided by the Kaleidoscope Dancers.

This fascinating journey is part of the National Trust Heritage Festival 2014: Journeys.

Wolston House is the oldest surviving residential farmhouse in Brisbane, a pre-Separation structure commenced in brick and completed in stone. The home of a Crown Commissioner for Lands, pastoralists, and dairy farmers, Wolston House on a rise overlooking the Brisbane River is both aesthetically pleasing and, in its fabric, indicative of quality techniques and workmanship of the nineteenth century.

Commenced by Crown Commissioner Dr Stephen Simpson, Wolston House became the property of former Chinchilla pastoralist Matthew Goggs. To accommodate new wife Anne and his growing family, Goggs built reception rooms and a children's wing. Financial reversals led to the sale of Wolston to the Grindles in 1907. They expanded into dairying, an activity which continued when the Hurley family became the owners of Wolston in the 1950s. The rescue of Wolston House was the impetus for the formation of the National Trust of Queensland in December 1963. Since then the Trust has maintained and conserved Wolston House and those components of the place which give it heritage value.

Of sandstone and brick construction, Wolston House has six rooms, detached lean-tos and two cellars. Having no formal access, a verandah along its eastern side allows ingress to each room. Folding cedar dividers are a feature of the reception rooms. A tea terrace was constructed in 2010 within the footprint of the brick 1860s children's wing, a section of the complex demolished in the 1960s following a decision by the Trust that would not have been made today. Furnished as a house museum, Wolston House includes items which are associated with its former owners.
(Wolston House Information reprinted from the National Trust website).

Refreshment stalls will be on site for your convenience.

Open Day Times: Sunday, May 4 2014 11am 4pm
Entry: $4 per person
Address: 223 Grindle Road, Wacol
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Why? View a beautiful historic home and relax with a picnic or refreshments on the lawn
When: 4 May 2014
Phone: 07 3223 6666 (Mon to Fri only)
Where: Wolston House, 223 Grindle Road, Wacol
Cost: $4 per person
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This is certainly a wonderful house to visit
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