Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BROOKLYN IN OZ

    Our short trip to the central coast of Queensland came to an end. We motored home a different way and called into the small country town of Howard. We had heard of an historic house there, so we called in. It is a privately owned house but it is heritage listed. The owner gives tours and tells of its history. She included some spooky stories too. She and her husband have lovingly restored the house after finding it in a run down state. Empty except for local teenagers using it as a hangout. However, their children have left home and the owners want to move on and the house is up for sale. $799,000.00


An historical 64sq Queensland home built in 1890. Brooklyn House, with its 14 feet high ceilings, marble mantelpieces, cedar and beech panelling comprising six bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge and dining room, study, sun room, kitchen with eating nook, upstairs  apartment, open 9 feet wide verandas on three sides, a grand double stairway entrance and four marble fireplaces. Includes a cottage craft shop and Devonshire teas.
 The house was built for Dame Annabelle Rankin, a famous politician:
Dame Annabelle Jane Mary Rankin DBE (28 July 1908 – 30 August 1986) was the second woman member of the Australian Senate, the first woman from Queensland to sit in the Parliament of Australia, the first Australian woman to have a federal portfolio and the first Australian woman to be appointed head of a foreign mission.


The owners bedroom

Guest room



The kitchen had both old and modern appliances.
Then it was home to our little suburban houses in Brisbane.

24 comments:

  1. I love the external of the old Queenslanders. It was really interesting to see the inside of this one Dianne

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  2. I love old Queensland houses. It was because of that I live in a "down south" equivalent.

    I was interested in your list of rooms etc. Our home is timber and we have the high ceilings and most of the rooms but only one marble fireplace.

    The WIDE verandah and that impressive flight of steps, we don't have. Nor do we have the opulent finishes and furnishings.

    Thank you for the lovely descriptions and photos so I could compare.

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  3. The external did not match the internal, but I don't know about Queenslanders. It looks great both inside and outside. Hmm, no aircon visible.

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  4. the house is beautiful especially the exterior. a very practical design for the hot weather. i love those old queenslanders

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  5. lovely old home, talk about enough porches to rock or swing on, this one could have a party on just the porches. love the kitchen range...

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  6. Were you tempted to make an offer?

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  7. What a marvelous house! I would love to live in it and I enjoyed the great tour. Thanks Diane, you've given us another lovely post here.

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  8. What a lovely place t visit. It is always so nice to see a house from the inside wit all the furniture in.

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  9. I love the exterior of the house, so pretty. It is a lovely house with beautiful furnishings. Thanks for the tour! Have a happy weekend!

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  10. Lovely on the outside but not my kind in the inside, a bit dark and dreary for me, however it looks good. I remember drapes instead of a door :)

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  11. As we are also trying to sell our home, Diane, it was very interesting to see the tour od this magnificent home, which is so much grander than our smaller Victorian. The present owners have done a lot of resoration as you noted, and it showed well.

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  12. Well worth the money don't you think Diane.. A few updated appliances and it would make a fab family home!

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  13. With an appropriate cleaning stuff, I could very well see me living in there ! Beautiful house !

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  14. So lovely, and nice that someone had the resources to preserve it. I really enjoyed your photos.

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  15. Gosh - that seems like a steal for the right person! It's beautifully restored. But, I need smaller and less as I grow older...

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  16. We have a couple of brilliant ones up here Diane but that one is a real stunner!

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  17. That looks a very imposing residence. It has been nicley preserved whilst still being suitable for modern life.

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  18. It is a special house but not my style.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  19. What a beautiful old home! I hope someone buys it soon!

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