Thank you and Merry Christmas

Thank you so much for everyone’s support this year. Since our launch, we have come so far, but still have much more we wish to accomplish.

June Frank and James Sturges, Founders at the Ipswich Heritage Club Launch 2017

If you are a member or friend of the club, you may have already received a letter from us regarding our first meeting of 2018. This meeting will be held on Friday the 2nd of February at 6pm at Garowie, the home of our doyenne, June Frank. June last opened Garowie to the public in 2016, so this will be a rare opportunity to have a closer look.

Garowie, Breast Cancer Fundraiser, 2016

This meeting will be strictly members and invited guests only. The Club will be hosting special guests Fiona Gardiner, Director of Heritage, Environmental Policy and Planning, and Kathy Davis, a member of the Queensland Heritage Council. One of our aims here at the Ipswich Heritage Club is to advocate on behalf of heritage property owners and this meeting will provide us an opportunity to do just that. We encourage any of our members who would have concerns they would like raised with Ms Gardiner to contact us prior to the meeting.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank MP Jennifer Howard. Ms Howard has been a supporter and advocate for the Club since the beginning, in fact since before the Ipswich Heritage Club’s launch, and has been instrumental in arranging Ms Gardiner’s attendance.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to or 0434 345 871. The deadline to RSVP is Monday 29th January.

If you are not yet a member, but would like to attend, there is certainly time to join. For $150/annum, our members receive free access to all 10 meetings a year.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays. We will be sneaking around town in the lead up to Christmas snapping shots of some of Ipswich’s beautiful heritage houses dressed in their holiday best to post on our instagram and facebook page. Or, if you would like to share your own photos, please do!

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 or 0434 345 871.