Highlights from our October Meeting

June and the administration team of the Ipswich Heritage Club would like to thank everyone who helped make our October meeting a success.

We were once again hosted by the Ipswich Club and owe a big thank you to Fenton and Lisa for the delicious catering and great service. We would also like to thank MP Jennifer Howard for attending, Michael Munt of Biztopia for sponsoring the evening and the Queensland Times, our media partner.

We were honoured to have Mayor Andrew Antoniolli attend and present our first awards. One of the Ipswich Heritage Club’s goals is to support our members throughout the process of restoring their heritage properties and one way we will be doing so is by acknowledging the restoration and renovation projects of members, large or small.

Doyenne June Frank with Val Petersen and Mayor Antoniolli

The first of our awards was granted to Val Petersen in acknowledgement of the restoration of Elamang in East Ipswich conducted by her and her late husband, Ben. When Val and Ben purchased Elamang, it was several flats, having been converted by the Queensland Times for use by it’s employees. Today, thanks to Val and Ben, Elamang is a stunning six bedroom, Victorian residence.

Elamang. Photo by Open2View Photography. 2016

The second award of the night was presented to Kathryn and Michael Simmons for their extensive restoration of Frampton Villa on Whitehill Road.

Mayor Antoniolli with Michael Simmons, Kathryn Simmons and June Frank

Since purchase in 2014, Kathryn and Michael have undertaken the monumental project of restoring Frampton Villa. Kathryn and Michael have completed much of the work themselves, all while working and raising two young children.

Frampton Villa on Whitehill Road – 2014 and 2017

Finally, the Ipswich Heritage Club presented an award to Dan and Edwina Ferrett of Tokal on Harlin Road. The new fence Dan and Edwina have erected enhances the property and frames the house beautifully in a way the former, wire fence failed to do.

Mayor Antoniolli, Edwina Ferrett, Dan Ferrett and June Frank
Tokal house on Harlin Road

The highlight of the night was Geoff Thompson’s presentation on “Bleak House – the house that moved twice”. We were very grateful to Geoff for presenting and sharing both his research into Bleak House and family memories.

We hope everyone had a great time. Our next meeting will be held at 6pm on November 3rd at the Ipswich Antique Centre. We would love to see you there.

In the meantime, we are still seeking photos and information on heritage properties which were turning into flats during wartime. If you have any such photos or information, would like to find out more about the Ipswich Heritage Club, or would like to share your story, please contact us at admin@ipswichheritageclub.com.au or 0434 345 871.

Announcing our October meeting with guest speaker Geoff Thompson


The Ipswich Heritage Club is very excited to confirm Geoff Thompson will be joining us at our October Meeting to present ‘Bleak House Ipswich – The house that moved twice’

Bleak House was originally a five-roomed cottage in Eastern Heights built in the 1860s. It was rebuilt by James Foote as a grand, two-storey mansion in the early 1890s, bought by his nephew Henry Smart Cribb after his death in 1895, before being partially demolished and moved in 1928 to make way for the Cribb Estate.

The lower story survived in South Street until 1985, when the house moved to Camp Mountain near Samford. There the new owners have restored it to its former glory.

Geoff Thompson is the great-grandson of Harry and Esther Cribb, through his late grandmother May Palmer and late mother Meg. He has had the benefit of access to his late cousin Viva Cribb’s research, along with access to family photographs, documents and stories.

Bleak House, Camp Mountain, SEQ.

Geoff has a background in entomology, scientific illustration and deep-focus digital photography. He has worked at the Queensland museum for 35 years, 30 years assisting curators of the insect collection and the last five as a Collection Imager.

In 2005, he was awarded a Queensland Smithsonian Fellowship to learn digital illustration techniques and assess digital imaging systems. He has been able to use his photographic and Photoshop skills to copy, restore and adjust many old family and Queensland Museum photographs.

We hope you can join us at The Ipswich Club on Friday 6th October from 6pm.

Tickets for non-members are $30 per person. Or become a member for $150 and attend 10 meetings as part of your membership.

RSVP to admin@ipswichheritageclub.com.au or phone 3202 4999