Visit to Wolston House
Located on the east bank of the Brisbane River in the suburb Wacol is the historial Wolston House, a heritage-listed residential farmhouse from the nineteenth century. At the end of August, our research team visited the house as it represents a unique historic site that documents life in the beginning of free settlement in the area.
The original farmhouse is located at 223 Grindle Road in Wacol, around 18 km south-west of Brisbane CBD. The estate was established in 1852 by Dr. Stephen Simpson, Crown Lands Commissioner and later Police Magistrate and Member of the Legislative Council for the Moreton Pastoral District. Named after his Warwickshire birthplace, he constructed the farmhouse, planned the garden, and built a horse and cattle station.
In the 1860s, the Goggs family took over and expanded the estate.
Wolston Farmhouse was acquired by the National Trust of Australia in 1963 and has since been restored. The extensive reconstruction represents the enormous effort and commitment to the conservation of Queensland’s history.
Latest news and events
QSA seminar 18 Oct 2019, Peopling Place, Annemarie McLaren
September 30th, 2019
Peopling Place: Transcribing Sources for Brisbane’s Zion Hill Mission, presented by Annemarie McLaren. Queensland State Archives with the Griffith University Harry Gentle Resource Centre are proud to present this event as part of the 2019 Visiting Fellows Seminar Series. In this paper, Annemarie McLaren will explore some of the initial findings from transcribing pages of […] Read more
Activities at the Queensland State Archives
September 30th, 2019
‘Birdcage of the Bay: St Helena Island prison’ The Queensland State Archives has a free exhibition titled ‘Birdcage of the Bay: St Helena Island Prison’ running until 12 October 2019. Explore a virtual reality recreation of the St Helena Prison stockade, discover original artefacts from the island, or try and solve the life-size prison doors […] Read more
Tim Roberts appointed as HGRC Visiting Fellow
August 5th, 2019
The HGRC is delighted to welcome its new Visiting Fellow, Tim Roberts. Tim is a specialist in Australian art heritage, decorative arts and material culture to 1945 and is an experienced researcher and guest speaker. He is the President of the Queensland Professional Historians Association. Tim’s project, Picturing the North: Representing Queensland before 1859, is […] Read more
Panel on Urban Aboriginal Camps
July 25th, 2019
One of the more notable events during the recent AHA Conference in Toowoomba (8th-12th July) was a panel on the neglected history of urban Aboriginal camps. The concept – Aboriginal Cities – was developed by Dr Paul Irish (Coast History & Heritage, Sydney), working with fellow historians Dr Denise Cook (Deakin University, based in Perth) […] Read more
Roger Ford seminar at QSA
July 16th, 2019
On Friday 19 July 2019, Griffith University Ph D candidate Roger Ford will discuss the fascinating story of a unique record from the convict era of Moreton Bay held at Queensland State Archives – Superintendent Spicer’s workbook. As superintendent of works in the administration of the notorious commandant Captain Patrick Logan, Peter Spicer meticulously logged […] Read more