Bundaberg home features on 2014 Heritage Bank calendar

A historic Bundaberg home will feature on Heritage Bank’s 2014 calendar for the first time ever, joining a tradition that now spans more than 30 years.

A painting of The Old Cran Home on Bourbong Street will feature on the calendar, which has become a much-loved and anticipated annual tradition for Heritage Bank. The calendar was being launched in a ceremony at the home on 28 November.

Each year for the past 32 years, a painting of a different historic home has featured on Heritage’s calendar, along with a brief history of the home. The aim is to recognise and celebrate the finest examples of excellence in Queensland’s domestic architecture.

Thousands of the calendars are distributed across Heritage’s footprint, with copies available to customers at Heritage branches for a gold coin donation.

Almost $30,000 will be distributed to Queensland charities next year thanks to the monies raised by the calendar.  One of the beneficiaries will be Youth Services Bundaberg.

Heritage Bank Chairman Mr Kerry Betros said The Old Cran Home, one of Bundaberg’s oldest remaining houses, was a fitting addition to the calendar house series.

“The Cran Home is a beautifully restored example of late Victorian architecture that is also a physical reminder of how the sugar industry has helped shape the development of Bundaberg.

“The Heritage calendar helps to honour the very best in Queensland’s domestic architecture, and is extremely popular with our customers and the general public.

“The Cran Home is a magnificent building that deserves to be celebrated and featured as the centrepiece of our 2014 calendar,” he said.

Brisbane artist Cliff Sheldrake’s painting of The Old Cran Home adorns the calendar

The house was built in 1894 for Robert Cran, who originally operated the Yengarie sugar plantation and refinery near Maryborough, before moving to set up the Millaquin refinery at East Bundaberg in 1882.

After Robert’s death, his son John and daughter Edith lived in the house, with John becoming associated with other sugar ventures at Duncraggen, Mon Repos, Knockroe and Farleigh.

The Cran House was designed to reflect the wealth and standing of the family when it was built. The north-facing timber home features cedar French doors, the original hoop pine floors, red cedar joinery, high ceilings and two working fireplaces. The ornate ballroom is one of the home’s most striking features, with the adjacent enclosed verandah once used by “gentlemen” retiring to the smoking seats.

Current owners Peter and Karen Thompson bought the home in 1995 in a sadly neglected state. They have carried out extensive renovations and restorations to return the old home to its former grandeur. 

CEO Mr John Minz said Heritage Bank was delighted to support Bundaberg’s recovery from the 2013 floods by featuring the Cran Home on the 2014 calendar.

The Heritage Calendar continues to raise money to support community activities with proceeds to be distributed to charitable groups throughout Queensland Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane, the Pyjama Foundation in Toowoomba, Little Haven Palliative Care in Gympie, Rosies Youth Mission on the Gold Coast and the RSPCA, as well as Youth Services Bundaberg.

The calendars are now available in Heritage branches for a gold coin donation.

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