Newstead House, Brisbane

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    DEVONSHIRE TEA @ NEWSTEAD HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 7, 2013

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    Afternoon tea @ Newstead House
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    I couldn't think of a better way to end my tour of Newstead House, than by enjoying a Devonshire tea on the verandah. On a hot day, the breeze was beautiful, as were the two scones with jam & cream, and for me a pot of coffee, or for you - perhaps a pot of tea. The scones were light and delicious, all of this is done by volunteers.
    This is only available if you look through Newstead House, and only on Sunday afternoons from March to November

    After this lovely rest, it was time to walk the gardens before heading home after a very interesting afternoon spent in Newstead House.

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    INSIDE NEWSTEAD HOUSE - 5

    by balhannah Written Oct 7, 2013

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    Located behind the Master Bedroom is the Bathroom, and what a beauty this was!
    The bath which has a cedar surround, is so deep you could drown in it, very different to todays! This was one, there were several others. The cedar Toilet is actually from the Old Treasury Building in Brisbane, which is now a Casino.

    Next to the bathroom, was a doorway which led into the Gentlemen's Dressing room. This room was often used as a "retreat' for the Master of the house. I could just imagine him lying on the inlaid bed and smoking his pipe, perhaps reading the daily paper.

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    INSIDE NEWSTEAD HOUSE - 4

    by balhannah Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    A walk from the Gentlemen's Library at one end of the house, along the verandah to the far room at the other end of the house, which is the Master Bedroom. This room has a four poster bed and white linen bedcovers. In the room are models dressed in the clothing of the era, old cases, an interesting change screen, a decorated ceiling from where the light hung and some other interesting pieces!

    Another bedroom in the house, is the Girls Bedroom. This room also has a four poster bed complete with old Dolls and toys.

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    INSIDE NEWSTEAD HOUSE - 3

    by balhannah Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    Gentlemen's Library
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    I head out onto the verandah and into the next room which is the Gentleman's Library.
    This room has a warm feeling and is decorated with mementos from the private and personal life of the owner. A "Lucinda" chair in the Library is from the colonial Government Yacht, "Lucinda."
    I saw a good collection of Smoker's pipes in a glass topped table, one of them is named the "Brisbane Pipe," after the 6th Governor of N.S.W. It's a rare George III silver-gilt-mounted Meerschaum pipe made by Joseph Ash of London in 1811.

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    INSIDE NEWSTEAD HOUSE - 2

    by balhannah Written Oct 7, 2013

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    Dining room
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    The next room I enter is the large Dining room. Wood used in this room is Mahogany. This beautifully polished wood can be seen in the extension table, the dumb waiter, the Butler's tray and the sideboard.
    The room is set out ready for the festive season and looked lovely! The volunteer showed me the unusual silver "Oyster warmer" made in the shape of an Oyster. Lovely porcelain, a decorative Fireplace with a fire screen imprinted with an old sailing ship and other old pieces made this a delight to view.

    The Drawing room is on the opposite side, similar to what we call a family room today! This is where the family and guests came together to sit and chat about the days events, to enjoy morning and afternoon tea and to listen to music.
    Both these rooms are wall papered and had rich green window curtains beside the French doors.

    These two rooms were my favorites in the house.

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    INSIDE NEWSTEAD HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 7, 2013

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    The inside of Newstead House is beautiful. The rooms are cordoned off, even so, it is easy to view them.
    PHOTO'S ARE ALLOWED & VOLUNTEERS ARE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

    I entered from the front verandah, passing through a doorway with decorative glass panels on either side. These are not leadlight, but are painted designs and covered with a fine layer of glass for protection.

    To the left of the Entrance Hall was the Sewing room, and to the right, the Morning Room.
    In the Morning room, there is what is known as a "Drum Table," a revolving table which was described as a rent table, as the rent would be placed in one of the few drawers that opened.
    Another lovely item in this room, is the Swiss Music box that still works today.
    I had to take a photo of the massive key that opened the door to this room! Why so huge?

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    BRISBANE'S OLDEST SURVIVING HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 7, 2013

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    Newstead House
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    This is the beautiful "Newstead House," built in 1846 for pioneer Patrick Leslie and his wife Kate and family who had first settled on the Darling Downs in 1840. Newstead was once a simple Colonial Georgian cottage that later turned into a sprawling homestead.
    In 1939, the Queensland Government decided to preserve Newstead House as Brisbane’s oldest remaining example of domestic architecture.
    The homestead has many French doors that open onto spacious verandahs from where there are beautiful views and breezes from the Brisbane River. Lawns and some shrubs surround Newstead House.

    Inside the house, it is furnished as it was in Victorian era. Since my last visit, the downstairs section has been opened. This is part of the original Cottage from 1846. I was able to go into the rooms and read information before heading upstairs to view the main part of the house.

    A 40 page book on Newstead House is available at a cost of $5.50 [plus postage].

    OPENING HOURS...Monday - Closed
    Tuesday to Friday - 10am to 4pm
    Saturday - Private Events Only Sunday - 2pm to 5pm

    ADMISSION
    Adult $6; Concession $5; Child $4; Family 2 adults + their children $15

    Newstead House holds an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday 13 October, 2013
    ENTRY IS FREE THIS DAY
    OPENING TIMES 10 - 5PM

    Newstead House is approx. 15 minutes drive by Car from Brisbane’s CBD.
    By Public Bus - Alight at Stop 12 inbound and outbound. Bus timetable information available from Translink 13 12 30.
    River City Cruises also cruise to Newstead House twice daily. Bookings essential on 0428 278 473.
    Limited parking in Newstead Park.

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    Newstead House

    by stevemt Written Jul 30, 2007

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    Newstead House is Brisbane's oldest domestic dwelling. It was built in 1846 on the Breakfast Creek bank of the Brisbane River.

    The building was occupied by American troops during World War II. There is an Australian-American War Memorial in the grounds in memory of this. Newstead House is now a museum and heritage listed. It is open to the public, and concerts are sometimes held at the house and grounds.

    The house is open to the public and worth a visit.

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    Newstead House - Brisbane's Oldest Residence

    by thedouglas Updated Jul 15, 2006

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    Newstead means "new guilding or place" in Scottish. It was originally built as a cottage for Scottish immigrant, Patrick Leslie in the Colonial Georgian style. After short time, it was taken over by his brother-in-law, Clements Wickham, Brisbane's first police magistrate. He extended the home into the current "homestead" style, more typical of Victorian archetecture of the later time. This old home has since been home to various judges, politicians, merchant shipowners and more recently, the superintendant of council parks.

    In 1939, Newstead House was the subject of ground breaking legislation aimed at the preservation of a building - and the Newstead House Trust was created. Ongoing maintenance and conseration are carried out jointly between the Board of Trustees and the Friends of Newstead group.

    Newstead is worth a visit, for its historical significance to Brisbane - and an excellent display of Victorian furnishing and lifestyle in Brisbane at the time. It is located on the Brisbane River, close to Breakfast Creek Hotel, and the manicured lawns and beautiful grounds of this grand old lady justify a visit.

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