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Old members needed to celebrate Ormiston House

CELEBRATE : Ormiston House, is the birthplace of Australia's commercial sugar industry and an important part of Queensland's history.
CELEBRATE : Ormiston House, is the birthplace of Australia's commercial sugar industry and an important part of Queensland's history.

HISTORIC Ormiston House is celebrating the 50th Anniversary since the first Restoration Committee of Ormiston House was formed.

The October anniversary will be marked with an afternoon event, and organisers are looking to find as many former committee members to join in.

"Our honorary administrator, Duchesne Barry, is inviting all past committee members to this special anniversary event," spokesperson Jessica Stroja said.

"Duchesne is our new administrator who has taken on the role with enthusiasm and love of the house. She loves the house, what it represents, the history, the beauty of the place, the volunteers."

Ormiston House is the birthplace of Australia's commercial sugar industry. The property put Queensland on the map of Australia's national history and on the map of a world-wide commercial sugar industry.

 

The sugar cairn on the front lawn. The cairn was installed on the property in 1935 by the International Society of Sugar Technologists to commemorate the memory of the pioneers of the sugar industry. The cairn is constructed of material from Cairns, the Herbert River and Giru, three important sugar growing areas.
The sugar cairn on the front lawn. The cairn was installed on the property in 1935 by the International Society of Sugar Technologists to commemorate the memory of the pioneers of the sugar industry. The cairn is constructed of material from Cairns, the Herbert River and Giru, three important sugar growing areas.

Built in the 1860s by Captain Louis Hope, the house is surrounded by 13 acres of grounds overlooking Moreton Bay, and is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in Queensland. The property has hosted many events in the past from elegant high tea parties on the veranda to celebrations that show its strong Scottish connection.

"When the Carmelite community purchased the property in 1959, they saw the importance and value of the historic home, and so began the restoration efforts," Ms. Stroja said. "The past committee members, together with an extensive team of volunteers, lovingly restored this historic home, preserving much of the original history. They transformed this house from a private residence, that was no longer in use, to a beautiful historic home, open to the public. 

"Had the community not seen this value, and the committee members and other volunteers not spent hours working to preserve the house and property, then Queensland, and Australia, would have lost a crucial part of our nation's history."

Organisers of the anniversary event ask former committee members to contact them by phone 0457675137 or email administrator@ormistonhouse.org.au if they have ever been on a Committee at Ormiston House, or if they know of anyone who used to be on a Committee at Ormiston House.

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