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Cairnsville


Place Details
Place ID 600259
Registration Type State Heritage
Place Name Cairnsville
Place Classification Built
Place Category Residential
Place Type Detached house
Themes 6 Building settlements, towns, cities and dwellings / 6.4 Dwellings
Register Entry Date 21/10/1992

Location
Address 41 Balfour Street
Town / Suburb NEW FARM
Post Code 4005
LGA BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL

Cultural Heritage Significance
Principal Period
of Significance
1880s (fabric) 1880s - 1890s (historical)
Criterion A A late example of the Colonial Gable style and includes unusual features such as a substantial staircase and the rounded roofs of the dormers. One of a number of moderate sized timber houses built in New Farm in the late nineteenth century as rental accommodation for the professional classes. Associated with Richard Gailey, Albert Victor Drury and Governor William Cairns.
Criterion D One of a number of moderate sized timber houses built in New Farm in the late nineteenth century as rental accommodation for the professional classes.
Criterion E A late example of the Colonial Gable style and includes unusual features such as a substantial staircase and the rounded roofs of the dormers.
Criterion H Associated with Richard Gailey, Albert Victor Drury and Governor William Cairns.

History
History Cairnsville is a single-storeyed timber house built in 1889. It was designed by Richard Gailey, the notable architect, for Charles le Brocq, a prominent builder, local landowner and floating baths proprietor who retained the house as a rental property for professional tenants. Its first occupant was Albert Victor Drury, a brother of Edward Drury, the general manager of the National Bank of Queensland. He was the clerk of the executive council from 1867 to 1904, and private secretary to Governor William Cairns from 1875 to 1877. Drury named the house in memory of this recently deceased governor. In 1897 Drury left Cairnsville, which has had a number of owners and tenants in succeeding years, including a period as a boarding house.

Description
Description Cairnsville is a gable roofed, single-storeyed timber house of the colonial era, with a kitchen wing extending off the rear. It sits on timber stumps which are lowset at the front, but highset at the rear. The corrugated iron roof features two dormer windows with semi-circular tank roofs, as well as a window in each gable. The verandah across the front and down the right side of the house has timber posts with cast-iron balusters, brackets and valances. The entrance is marked by a fretwork pediment, beyond which is the panelled front door with leadlight fan and sidelights. French doors with shutters open out from the rooms onto the verandahs. A large drawing room and dining room, linked by folding doors, are located on the right side of the central hallway, and three bedrooms are on the left. A substantial staircase leads to two attic bedrooms. The kitchen and other service rooms are located in the highset wing at the rear. The subfloor of this wing has been enclosed in brick to create a poolside entertainment area.

Element
Element Name Cairnsville
Designer Name Gailey, Richard
Design Period 1870s - 1890s Late 19th century
Builder Name Le Brocq, Charles
Construction Period 1889c - 1889c
Construction Method Frame - timber
Fabric (Exterior Structure) Timber
Fabric (Roof) Metal sheeting - corrugated iron
Roof Form Gabled
Place Components Kitchen/Kitchen house
Residential accommodation - main house
Attic

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Last updated: 15 March 2013

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