Things to do
Step inside the Great Houses of Ipswich
Three of the heritage city’s famed historic homes will be opened to the public for the next Great Houses of Ipswich on September 15, 2018.
Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll be seeing – you can visit the Great Houses of Ipswich under your own steam or alternately sit back on a heritage tour.
Rockton – 4 Rockton St, Newtown
This grand landmark started life as a cottage back in 1855 and was then extended the following year. It was topped with a second level in the 1880s and had a tower added around 1900. The tower is believed to be have been designed by the architect George Brockwell Gill. In the early 1860s when Rockton was sold it was described as having a vineyard with 2000 vines, plus horse and cow paddocks. The house was bought by architect Wil Haenke in 1918 and his descendants have undertaken extensive restorations.
Fairy Knoll – 2a Robertson Rd, Eastern Heights
Architect George Brockwell Gill designed Fairy Knoll in 1897 for Thomas and Louise Hancock. Thomas died that year but his widow continued to live there until 1947. Following this the property was used for state government services for some time. Finally it was returned to private ownership as a residence once again.
Arrochar – 3 Waghorn St
The same noted architect of Fairy Knoll, George Brockwell Gill, also designed Arrochar. His fondness for octagonal shapes can be seen here. It was built early in the 20th century for accountant and town clerk, Albion Haynes. Albion’s son, Eric, was a violinist who went to Germany at age 10 to study and later played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Great Houses of Ipswich is an initiative of the National Trust, Queensland. It is a chance to step into these fascinating homes and explore some of the stories of old Ipswich. Each house will be open from 10am-4pm and admission is $5 to each house (children and students free). However, entry is free for National Trust members. No bookings are necessary.