Ormiston House was built in 1862-1865 by craftsmen brought from Scotland by the owner, Captain Louis Hope an aristocrat from Scotland. He had a big property for farming and grazing in Kilcoy, north west of Brisbane. He built the house for his wife and 8 children.
Unfortunately no photos were to be taken inside. However this is looking in the front door. It is beautifully restored with many items on display that once belonged to the Hope family.
At the back of the house stands a slab hut with a shingle roof. This was the first building and was used by Capt.Hope and overseers while the house was being built. Later it was used as the kitchen and bake house. Most Australian pioneer houses had the kitchen outside due to the fire risk they caused.
The laundry was outside. Wringers and a copper to boil the clothes.
The camera group had morning tea of scones, cream and strawberry jam. One of the guides told us the history of the place before we were taken on a guided tour.
The view of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island from our table was magic.
Capt Hope loved plants and he had beautiful gardens on the 800acres that surrounded his house. He also had sugar cane growing and was the first to start crushing and milling it in Queensland. There is more information and pictures of inside the house on Bill's blog here.