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.
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.
The second award of the night was presented to Kathryn and Michael Simmons for their extensive restoration of Frampton Villa on Whitehill Road.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0434 345 871.