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Coochin Coochin Homestead

Place Details
Place ID 600034
Registration Type State Heritage
Place Name Coochin Coochin Homestead
Place Classification Built
Place Category Pastoralism
Place Type Homestead
Themes 8 Creating social and cultural institutions / 8.2 Cultural activities
2 Exploiting, utilising and transforming the land / 2.3 Pastoral activities
Register Entry Date 21/08/1992

Address J Bell Road
Town / Suburb BOONAH
Post Code 4310

Cultural Heritage Significance
Principal Period
of Significance
1840s (historical)
Criterion A Coochin Coochin, established in 1842 as Dulhunty's Plain, was one of the earliest pastoral runs of the Moreton region. The earliest fabric at Coochn Coochin homestead dates to the 1840s. The place has strong historical significance as important evidence of the first wave of pastoral activity in Queensland (at that time the Moreton district of New South Wales), and is important in illustrating the evolution of the pastoral way of life in Queensland.
Criterion D Coochin Coochin Homestead is a sprawling complex of structures, forms and landscaping elements, which retains a high degree of integrity and intactness. It is well maintained and is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places: early and evolving pastoral homesteads in Queensland. The main house (comprised of connected pavilions dating mainly from the 1840s, 1880s and the early 1900s), extensive garden, meat house and hay sheds, and the physical relationships between these elements, are important in illustrating a particular way of life associated with pastoral activity. Of special interest is a tree yard, famous for a series of plantings by distinguished 20th century visitors, initiated by Lord and Lady Chelmsford when they visited in 1907.
Criterion E The homestead complex occupies a picturesque setting amidst national parks, and the house sits within an attractive established garden. The homestead has been enhanced over 150 years of working life and is of strong aesthetic significance, engendered by its setting, its rustic forms and materials, and the juxtaposition of forms.
Criterion G Coochin Coochin has a special association for the Queensland community as one of the earliest stations established in this State. The place is well-known in Queensland, and has been described in numerous heritage and history publications.
Criterion H The place is important for its association with the Bell family, who have owned Coochin Coochin since 1883, and have made a significant contribution to the development of Queensland pastoralism and agriculture. ET Bell was a prominent member of the community, serving as Member for Fassifern in the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 1913 to 1930, and on numerous boards. The Bells were renowned for their hospitality, attracting many distinguished visitors to Coochin Coochin through much of the 20th century.

History In 1842, the area known as Delhunty's Plain was settled as a pastoral run by David Hunter and his partner James Fyffe. In 1844, the lease was transferred to John Kent, who was first to re-use the traditional name of Coochin Coochin. The main section of the homestead was constructed some time in the 1840s.The homestead was moved to its current position in 1871. In 1883, the property sold to James Thomas Marsh Bell, part owner of Camboon Station in the Dawson Valley acquired the property in partnership with F C Hyde. In the 1920s, Coochin Coochin Homestead became the social focus of the area, hosting many large parties and entertaining many notable visitors. From the end of the Second World War until 1965, Coochin Coochin operated as a small dairy with a maximum of sixty milking cows. The property is currently owned by the Bell family.

Description The summary information for this place is currently under review.

Element Name Coochin Coochin Homestead
Design Period 1840s - 1860s Mid-19th century
Construction Period 1840s circa - 1920s circa
Place Components Views from
Shed - hay
Views to
Meat house
Trees of social, historic or special significance
Residential accommodation - main house

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