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Castleholme Homestead

Place Details
Place ID 600491
Registration Type State Heritage
Place Name Castleholme Homestead
Alternative Name Conroy's Farm
Place Classification Landscape
Place Category Farming - Agriculture/Dairying/Grazing/Horticulture
Place Type Farm
Themes 6 Building settlements, towns, cities and dwellings / 6.4 Dwellings
2 Exploiting, utilising and transforming the land / 2.3 Pastoral activities
Register Entry Date 21/10/1992

Address Bryden - Crossdale Road
Town / Suburb BRYDEN
Post Code 4312

Cultural Heritage Significance
Principal Period
of Significance
1870s-1890s (historical) 1870s-1890s (fabric)
Criterion A Castleholme is important for its association with the closer settlement of the Bryden area, its development as a dairying district, and with the Conroy family in particular.
Criterion C The place also has potential to reveal substrata evidence of the arrangement of a late 19th century dairy farm.
Criterion D It survives as a good example of the arrangement of a working farm in southeast Queensland, demonstrating over a century an evolution in function, building type, technology and material.
Criterion E Castleholme is significant also for the aesthetic quality of the group of timber buildings and grounds, and for its spatial association with the adjacent St Anne's graveyard.
Criterion H Castleholme is significant for its historical association with the adjacent St Anne's graveyard.

History Castleholme was established in the 1870s, following Hugh Conroy's selection and purchase of the then 257 hectare property in 1875. By 1916 a small cedar dwelling at Castleholme had became a rambling, fourteen-roomed house with wide verandahs. By that time the grounds included flowerbeds, shrubs and shade trees, and substantial outbuildings, and the principal activity was dairying. Castleholme remained in the Conroy family until acquired in 1978 by the Co-ordinator General, as part of the Wivenhoe Dam reclamation area. That part of the property not inundated was leased by the Queensland Institute of Technology for use as an experimental building station. The Castleholme homestead complex was identified by the QIT as a conservation area and the interwar cottage was renovated as caretaker accommodation. The QIT (now Queensland University of Technology) maintains the grounds, but not the buildings.

Description Castleholme consists of the remains of a homestead, slab barn, cottage, stables and associated farm buildings and stockyards with a number of mature trees. It is located in the Brisbane Valley on a northeastern slope, is visible from the Bryden-Crossdale Road and borders the Bryden Catholic Cemetery. The domestic structures are located in a group to the north with the outbuildings forming a southern boundary. Other structures include the remains of a timber laundry shed and a bakehouse, post and rail fencing, a calf pen and cow bails.

Element Name Castleholme Homestead
Design Period 1870s - 1890s Late 19th century
Construction Period 1875c - 1950s
Place Components Barn
Cow bails
Yards - livestock
Residential accommodation - workers' quarters
Out building/s
Shed - hay
Residential accommodation - main house

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Last updated: 15 March 2013

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