DOORS OPEN: Wolston House volunteer Carolyn Whetter (left) and manager Jenny Squire await open day.
DOORS OPEN: Wolston House volunteer Carolyn Whetter (left) and manager Jenny Squire await open day. David Nielsen

Historic homestead to open for its 160th year

ONE of south-east Queensland's oldest homesteads - Wolston House - will open its doors to the public on Sunday to celebrate its 160th anniversary.

Visitors will gain a glimpse of life in the 1850s with old-fashioned games including croquet and quoits on the lawn, Devonshire teas and take-home pieces from antique and collectable stalls.

Wolston volunteer Carolyn Whetter will conduct tours of the home, which paranormal investigators believed is haunted.

Built in 1853 the homestead was owned by Commissioner of Crown Lands and Ipswich police magistrate Dr Stephen Simpson. It was later home to the Buscall-Goggs, Grindle and Hurley families. While Mrs Whetter remains unconvinced about any paranormal activity, she said some events could not be explained.

"The previous caretaker's daughter used to talk about her friend Maggie she used to talk to. And there used to be a Maggie Grindle who once lived here in the 1900s. Others have heard baby cries from the cellars," she said.

Wolston House went to the National Trust Queensland in 1965 and is now a museum.

Join in the celebrations this Sunday between 11am and 4pm at 223 Grindle Rd, Wacol.



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