Friday, July 17, 2009


We have previously met early Brisbane businessman William Perry, the founder of the huge Perry Bros hardware emporium. Perry lived at Folkestone, a hilltop residence at Bowen Hills. William Perry left his mark in this suburb too - Perry Park, where the family grazed their livestock, and Folkestone St are reminders of this entrepreneur. The house Folkestone no longer exists - after William Perry's death, the land was sold to the Catholic church, and on the site of the house Archbishop James Duhig built Our Lady of Victories church.

Perry was also a family man. On his estate at Bowen Hills around the year 1885, he had this residence, Miegunyah (pictured below), constructed for his sons Herbert and George.
(Photo: © 1979 National Trust of Queensland)

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #41591) ca 1886

Some idea of the wealth of the family can be gleaned from the size and opulence of the house, and the carriage being held for their use at the front of the steps, attended by a driver and footman. (Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

Miegunyah was purchased in 1967 by the Queensland Women's Historical Society, who not only saved it from demolition, but since since then have been able to carry out some restoration work; they now run it as a historical museum and it is open to the public. Check out their website here.(Photo: Courtesy

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  1. super post

    i have in the area many times, i grew up in brisbane, i'd heard the name Miegunyah, but never seen the house

    your blog is an education for me on this count, thanks a lot

    blessings to the Queensland Women's Historical Society

  2. I have been enjoying reading your blog.
    I am a member of the QWHA & it is lovely to see your nice photo of Miegunyah.
    We also have a website
    Thank you for blogging about the Perry family & the QWHA

  3. Dear foto fanatic, I pressed send prematurely. I am helping an author to request permissions to reproduce images for a book. She would like to use some of yours. One of the photos is yours of Miegunyah 2009. Could I contact you about that? What contact info could I use. I am available at 0417078769

  4. Contact made.
    The result is a fine book by Beth Wilson of Wilson Architects called Brisbane Houses with Gardens.
    The book covers the Brisbane area from pre-settlement through to today and would be very interesting to anyone who enjoys the history of our region.


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