In they began clearing Thomas’ selection, selling the red cedar to a logging company, and erecting a slab house. Click here to check out our groups. This substantial, high-set timber residence was erected in the early s in at least two stages, for pioneer Mapleton orchardist William James Smith and his family, at their Seaview Orchard at the top of the Blackall Range. The Smiths David Smith snr who had joined his sons at Mapleton c. Come… – Father Fred.
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Mapleton is now principally a residential and tourist area, with some small-scale fruit and vegetable farming.
It is also significant as one of the few remaining substantial homes of this era left on the Range. By they had established a pasture paddock and had planted bananas the hgih obtained from Redland Bay and subsistence crops. Michael and stgeet wife…. The house is timber-framed, clad externally mostly with weatherboards, and with vertically-jointed boards on those external walls protected by front or side verandahs. Click Here to Join our Mailing List.
At this time the place was described as a beautiful home, suggesting that it was much more than the slab hut extant in The Smith brothers each selected land at the eastern edge of the range, near later Mapleton Fallsbut WJ Smith relinquished his claim when he realised the block selected was not the land he anticipated.
A dormitory wing extension to Seaview House was planned; a farm manager was employed; and the property was renamed St Isidore’s Farm College.
The original diagonally arranged battens between the stumps have been replaced with later weatherboards, but most of this is obscured by surrounding garden plantings. In the North Coast railway line was completed as far as Cabooltureand a coach ran to Noosabut issodore only way into the Blackall Range was by foot. Bananas were grown initially, but even with the opening of the railway to Nambour in strwet, low prices and the expense and difficulty encountered in transporting produce down the range produced small returns.
This page was last edited on 31 Mayat Come… – Father Fred. Click isovore to check out our groups. The grounds contain several mature trees, possibly part of the early 20th century garden, including a large fig tree on the northern boundary of the house block.
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Externally, the house suggests a symmetrical plan, but internally, the rooms are arranged in an idiosyncratic fashion, reflective of its construction in at least two stages. Bythe Smith brothers were pioneering the cultivation of citrus at Mapleton.
There is also a pressed metal architrave used externally on the bay window to the bedroom in the front southwest corner of the house. Deacon Michael Nungesser, is a long term member of the parish, was ordained as a Permanent Deacon on June 9th, and assigned to St. The front section of the garden, closest to the road, has been subdivided as two blocks, with different owners.
The place is significant for its association with WJ Smith and his family and their important contribution to the establishment and growth of Mapleton and to the development of fruitgrowing in Queensland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first section of Seaview House may have been constructed by Octoberwhen the WJ Smiths hosted a luncheon in their barn for the Queensland GovernorLord Chelmsfordduring his brief tour of the Blackall Range. Many of the designs are Art Nouveau in inspiration, including that of the dado panels in the vestibule, which has been identified in an early 20th century Wunderlich catalogue.
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Known as Mapleton Homestead through the s, it functioned as a private residence until opened in as Sea View Guest House, run by the MacDonagh family, and later by the O’Briens. For much of his early priesthood he was a teacher, nineteen…. The western extension, which is of a later date to the core of the house, is clad in chamferboards. In they retired from citrus growing and moved to Northgate in Brisbane, but prior to their leaving the Mapleton district, they were accorded a public farewell and address.
In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Yet again, the college did not eventuate. Christ has given us so many tremendous gifts. Within eight months, under a capable farm manager, fields of potatoes, onions and citrus trees had been planted, there were plans to begin softwood silvicultureand an additional acres had been purchased. There is decorative timber lattice, or a combination of lattice and fretwork, on each of the gables, including the front portico, but that on the western gablewhich is a later addition, is much simpler in design.
The once fine orchard was allowed to deteriorate, and the place was in debt. Email Us stisidorechurch comcast. Parish Ministries We are very grateful for the many parishioners who offer their time and talent to the Lord through our parish ministries. The WJ Smiths were pioneers and leaders in their local community, assisting many new farmers in the district.