Bankfoot House 150th celebration

Heritage games, such as skipping and quoits, and competitions for best beard and best pioneering outfit, will be some of the features of Bankfoot House’s 150th birthday celebration on Sunday 14 October this year.

Bankfoot House is the oldest family residence in the Glasshouse Mountains district. It was established by Mary and William Grigor in 1868 to service the Cobb and Co coaches travelling between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields.

Friends of Bankfoot House President Ron Gillinder said official events on 14 October will include the unveiling of a plaque commemorating 150 years and the launch of the Friends’ book titled Bankfoot House – 150 years on Old Gympie Road.

A replica Cobb and Co coach is expected to be displayed and there will be an exhibition of whip cracking. Historical groups with a relationship to the Grigor family will be present – Caboolture Historic Village, Landsborough Museum, Peachester History Committee and Woodford Museum.

Ron said several enthusiastic members of the Queensland Veteran Car Club will drive their pre-1919 vehicles from Rocky Creek campsite near Landsborough along Old Gympie Road to Bankfoot House on the big day, to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gympie Road.

Tours of Bankfoot House will be escorted by the Friends, and there will be a collection of small farm animals, to illustrate the significance of animals on the old property. Food will be available from a coffee van, the CWA and the Lions.

Bankfoot House is situated at 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glasshouse Mountains. Celebrations on 14 October are being organized by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Friends of Bankfoot House.

For more information please email the Friends at friendsofbankfoot@gmail.com or Ron can be contacted on 0407 760 989.

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