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 or phone 3202 4999