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Historic Sandgate house linked to cannons and corned beef

first_imgThis historic Woodford House at Sandgate is for sale.A HOME built for one of Sandgate’s pioneering families is looking for its third owner in more than a century after being passed in at auction on the weekend.The 109-year old Queenslander at 2 Rainbow St, Sandgate, was built for Bill Verney, a well-known trader in the early 1900s.His granddaughter, Pam Verney, is president of the Sandgate Historical Society and has written about the legend of her grandfather. How Brisbane homes are getting smarter MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Pam Verney was raised at Woodford House and said her grandfather was a character. Sandgate Historical Society president, Pam Verney. Picture: Chris Higgins.“He was a little man but he was a wheeler and dealer,” she said. A painting of Woodford House on the cover of Pam Verney’s written history: A Collection of Verney Street Memories, which she wrote in December, 2000.In her written history she recalls how her grandfather became very good friends with the manager of the Nambour Sugar Mill who was a racing man. Race winnings were used by Mr Verney to buy timber to build cottages around Sandgate.He also built the Billiard Room at 73 Rainbow Street which has also been listed for sale and is currently under contract.“My father was born on the veranda of our house,” Pam Verney said. “Sandgate was well known for its maternity hospital and midwives so someone probably came to the house.” The main bedroom.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoIn 2003 the Verney family sold the property to Scott and Vanessa Naumann.Mr Naumann said it had been a privilege to raise his own family here as the second owner of the property.“Having worked on Queenslanders all my life, it was great to have one of my own”He said the three-bedroom cottage with 3.2m ceilings and an original shed would be perfect for someone who valued old-school workmanship and history. This piece of Sandgate history is for sale.“Not just its history but their own history,” he said. “If you look into that old shed, it’s a blank canvas, it’s like a second dwelling that’s half the size of the home.”The veranda extends around two sides of the home and an inground swimming pool has been added. The new outdoor area and inground swimming pool.There is a spacious master bedroom with a two-way bathroom.A large kitchen with plenty of storage leads to the dining and lounge area. The restored kitchen has modern appliances and ample storage space.“We never wanted to build in underneath, we put in timber stumps around the outside and kept its character. We’ve done up the kitchen and the bathroom and kept that old look.”Catherine O’Keefe of Ray White Redcliffe is selling the property. “Kids came to him to get fish hooks out, and they (the kids now older!) tell the story of the cannon Bill Verney used to threaten to fire,” she wrote in her collection of memories of Verney Street. “The story is told that someone knew it was fired once, and ‘he’ would fire it so they used to go the long way home from school to avoid the cannon.”The building materials used in the house tell other stories. The house at 2 Rainbow Street, Sandgate which Bill and Lillie Verney lived in.Mr Verney had Woodford House at Sandgate built as his family home in 1910. The restored bathroom.The one-inch thick coloured glass window on the front doors was recycled from a glass topped barrel used by Queensland Meat Exporters to send corned beef to an exhibition in England.Mr Verney had it silvered and printed with the words ‘Woodford House’. Original stained glass and the coloured glass window.The name came from the Woodford Saw Mill, one of the local mills used to source timber for the home. Mr Verney bought the saw mill and named his house in its honour.last_img read more

Mix Up win Ryan Rambalak Aggregate dominoes tourney

first_imgTHE curtain came down last Sunday as Ryan  Rambalak celebrated his birth anniversary with a 15-team, three-round, aggregate points system dominoes tournament. Teams participating were In Time, Mix Up, Transport Sports Club, Masters, All Seasons, Top Strikers, Providence Sports Club, Gold Is Money, TNT, Spartans, Renegades, Phantom, Big Boss Girls, On Point and F&H Printery.The aggregate system that was employed saw the team that brought first being awarded 5 points while second-placers were given 3 points and third-placers managed one point. Mix Up, Top Strikers, Spartans, Phantom and All Seasons blazed the first round with maximum 5 points each.The second round also saw Mix Up, Phantom, Providence, In Time and Transport Sports Club with 5 points. The game was wide open, and Mix up went on to win maximum 5 points in the third round thus cementing their dominance and outright win.Second place was awarded to Spartans with 15 points while Phantom were edged into third position with 14 points.Prizes were as follows: – First prize of $150 000 and trophy was sponsored by Ramps Logistics, Second prize was $75 000 and trophy, sponsored by Auto Color, and third prize was $45 000 and trophy, sponsored by Essential Supplies Inc. June Watts and Martin Premaul received hampers compliments of Dynasty Sports Club after being adjudged Most Valuable Players.Other notable sponsors included Parts Plus, Wizard Electronics, Dynasty Sports Club, Builders Lumber Yard, Regency Suites, Cell Phone Shack, A & M Jewellery & Pawnshop, Strikers Sports Club, Tent City, Tony’s Jewellery, Bel Air Lions Club, Faye Joseph, Mac’s Auto Parts, and All Seasons Racing Service & Pawn Shop.Mr Orrin Boston, who had the responsibility of organising the games, in his closing remarks, thanked all participants, sponsors and was impressed with the cordial manner in which the game was played in a cohesive manner.last_img read more