Tuesday, August 29, 2006 Community to have say on historic Bankfoot House
Caloundra City Council is hosting a community meeting to discuss a master plan for the heritage and preservation of Bankfoot House and its historic collection - and to form a Friends of Bankfoot House support group.
Caloundra City Acting Mayor and meeting chair, Anna Grosskreutz, said Council had revised the date for the meeting - to avoid a clash with Father's Day - and encouraged all who are interested local history and heritage to attend.
"Bankfoot House was first built in 1868 by William and Mary Grigor to provide accommodation and meals for the Cobb & Co coach drivers and passengers on their way to the Gympie goldfields,'' Cr Grosskreutz said.
She said Council acquired the property and the collection in 2004 in consultation with the previous owners and long time residents of Glass House Mountains, the Ferris Family, who are descendants of the original owners and builders of Bankfoot House.
"It's important not only to the local community but all of Caloundra City that we preserve the Ferris and associated families' history, Bankfoot House and its collection,'' Cr Grosskreutz said.
The collection dates from 1868 to modern times, and includes furniture, ceramics, textiles, and photographs.
Cr Grosskreutz will chair the community meeting on site on Saturday September 16 at 1998 Old Gympie Rd, Glass House Mountains
Bankfoot House will be open for viewing from noon to 12.30 pm and the community meeting will take place under a marquee from 12.30 to 3pm. Afternoon tea will be provided.
For more information or to RSVP (for catering and seating) please contact Council's Arts and Heritage Manager John Waldron on 5420 8299.
Bankfoot House is a Caloundra City Council Cultural Heritage Initiative