New exhibition at the historic Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct
  • Friday 29 July 2016
ImageA classic Melodion (accordion) played at local dances by Jack Ferris and an official souvenir program from the 1928 England versus Australia First Test are just some of the fascinating items to discover in the Entertainment at Home exhibition on display at the award-winning Mary Grigor Centre.

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said the community can discover some of our region’s rich and diverse heritage by visiting council’s heritage-listed Bankfoot House on the last Sunday of the month from 10am to 3pm.

“Bankfoot House is the oldest known surviving residence in the Glass House Mountains district, and includes a fantastic collection which documents the history of three generations occupying the same house for more than 130 years,” Cr Baberowski said.

“While learning how pioneering families lived and worked in the 1860s and beyond, head into the Mary Grigor Centre to discover the new exhibition showcasing how people made their own entertainment at Bankfoot House in days gone by, such as singing around the piano.

“The impressive collection includes sheet music, a gramophone, a valve radio, an Italian accordion and so much more.

“Bankfoot House was not only a family home but also the original Post Office and a stopover for travellers and crew of Cobb & Co until 1879.

“Visitors can see the original lunch table used by passengers of the coach service which still remains at the house and is one of the many talking points.

“The breathtaking views of Mt Tibrogargan make a beautiful backdrop to the property. With grassy areas to relax with a picnic, Bankfoot House is the ideal place for a great Sunday out with the whole family.”

President of the Friends of Bankfoot House Inc. Ron Gillinder said visitors can also join a guided tour and learn about the history of the home and obtain an insight into how families lived.

“It is an opportunity to see historic items in the Bankfoot House collection, many over 100 years old,” he said.

The next Bankfoot House open day is July 31 so make sure you book this date into your diary for a great day out exploring the picturesque Glass House Mountains district.

The Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct is located at 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains and open 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of each month, except for public holidays. Group tours are also available by appointment by emailing friendsofbankfoot@gmail.com.