Established in 1846, Newstead House is Brisbane’s oldest surviving home.
Understandably, it’s an iconic landmark and a favourite haunt by locals and visitors alike. If you’re looking to reacquaint yourself with the splendour of Brisbane or you’re on holiday in our city, take a day to visit Newstead House with its living history and sweeping views of the Hamilton and Bulimba reaches of the Brisbane River.
The history of this home goes back to 1845 when brothers-in-law Patrick Leslie and Captain John Wickham bought two adjoining allotments of land, and Leslie another adjoining lot along Breakfast Creek.
Patrick Leslie was intent on establishing a small farm on his 34 acres on the Brisbane River and named it Newstead. Leslie built a two-storey house which was cut into the hill. However, eventually him, wife Kate, and son returned to live on the Darling Downs and sold the home to Capt. JC Wickham. Wickham then extended the house to suit his family.
For a brief time, Newstead House became the unofficial Government Resident when, in April 1853, Captain Wickham was appointed Government Resident.
The Newstead home changed hands many times over the course of time until in 1915, the Brisbane City Council began negotiating with the current owner to purchase the property. In 1917, the Superintendent of Park, Harry Moore and his family moved in, redesigned the grounds, and in January 1921, Newstead Park was opened.
Newstead was the first property in Queensland, and likely Australia, to be protected by an Act of Parliament – Newstead House Trust Act 1939.
This home certainly has earned its designation and continues today to be a house museum with many visitors enjoying all it has to offer with its rich history, Victorian period furnishings, and sweeping views and spectacular gardens. The house is currently furnished to reflect the the Harris family who lived there from 1862-1890.
Opened to the public Friday – Sunday, you can enjoy a self-guided or guided walk through the house, hearing fascinating stories and learning about the people and history of this iconic home.
Group bookings are available, as is hiring the home for weddings & events, filming and other special occasions. The house and grounds offer photography opportunities with stunning backdrops.
Give Newstead house a tour and truly appreciate the rich history of this living museum that adds to the wonders of Brisbane.
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