This 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.
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has provided a series of metocean data sets to be used in a new Scottish open innovation competition aiming to stimulate creative thinking and data science to design new data products for the benefit of the marine environment, communities and economy.Organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Data Lab, Scotland’s Blue Growth Data Challenge will make available data sets from 2015 in-situ observations and numerical modelling from EMEC’s wave and tidal energy test facilities in Orkney.The data sets include wave conditions at EMEC’s Billia Croo wave test site; meteorological observations in two locations adjacent to EMEC’s wave and tidal test sites, collected using MetPak weather stations; data from a short tidal current observational campaign using TRDI Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler; and numerical modelling results for four locations around Orkney, showing simulated timeseries of tidal water level and currents.Data sets will also be provided by the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA).The Challenge is open to those who are studying, researching or working with data or the marine environment and who believe they can creatively work with open data to create a useful output. The Challenge aims to stimulate people to create new or innovative solutions to a problem without predetermining what those solutions will look like.Prizes will be awarded to teams and individuals that are judged to have produced the best output for the benefit of the Highlands and Islands region and the winner will receive a package of support to help further develop their idea.