Greylands features on 2010 Heritage calendar

Greylands, one of the earliest villa residences in the inner western Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly, was today unveiled as the subject of the 2010 Heritage Building Society calendar.

Constructed in 1876 by Graham Lloyd Hart, founder of the prominent law firm Flower and Hart, Greylands provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of Brisbane’s professional and business families of the time.

Launching the calendar, Heritage Chairman Mr Brian Carter said the house was another magnificent demonstration of the architectural history of Queensland.

“The 29-year calendar house series has become a Heritage Building Society tradition, enthusiastically supported by members, which raises public awareness of Queensland’s domestic architectural heritage,” Mr Carter said.

“Our thanks go to owners, The Hon. John Moore AO and Mrs. Jacqueline Moore, for opening Greylands for today’s launch and having it feature on the calendar.”

Mr Carter congratulated professional Brisbane based artist, Cliff Sheldrake, on his painting of Greylands and his long term work with the Society.

“This is another fine example of Cliff’s excellent work. He has painted all but two of the Heritage calendars since being commissioned to paint the inaugural calendar house in 1982,” Mr Carter said.

“However this is not the first time that the property has been a location for artistic excellence. In 1912, it was at Greylands, that prominent artist Vida Lahey created the admired painting of women working in the laundry, ‘Monday Morning’, which now hangs in the Queensland Art Gallery and adds social weight to the property.”

In 1912 the estate was gradually subdivided and the old wooden wings and stables at the back were demolished making way for a new extension of five rooms and a tennis court.

The original portion of Greylands is a brick building, single-storeyed at the front and double at the rear. With its delicate exterior displaying craftsmanship of a high standard, the residence exhibits wide verandahs and cast iron balustrading with the verandah roof supported by paired verandah posts on brick piers that are separated from the main hipped roof of corrugated iron by a cornice with paired console brackets.

The interior of the house is symmetrical and features a wide hallway. Joinery throughout the residence is of cedar, and all fireplaces retain their mantelpieces of marble, grates and hearths. The floor in each room features cedar edging. The original lath and plaster ceilings have been replaced, though plaster cornices remain in all rooms.

Today Greylands remains a private residence and exhibits a high standard of architectural design, surrounded by almost 5,000 square metres of landscaped gardens enhancing its aesthetics.

Heritage CEO Mr John Minz said the 2010 calendar was available to Society members, who were invited to donate a gold coin with the proceeds going to worthy Queensland charities.

In 2009 Heritage branches collected around $23,000 from calendar donations which was donated to charities including Care Flight Group Queensland, RSPCA, Alzheimer’s Australia Darling Downs & South West Inc, the Leukaemia Foundation and Heart Kids.

Funds raised from the 2010 calendar will be donated to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association Queensland, Coastguard, the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation and Ipswich Hospice Care Inc.

Mr Minz said the Society is hoping to exceed the funds raised from the 2009 calendar house.

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