Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Wynberg is an old suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. When George Willcocks from South Africa arrived in Brisbane to make his fortune building railways, he built an expansive (and expensive) house on Brunswick St at New Farm, and called it Wynberg. The name is Dutch or Afrikaans and means "vineyard". Around the corner in Moreton St, Willcocks also built four identical adjoining houses as an investment, and we have seen them before in these pages. Our historical photo today shows a fountain in the tropical gardens at Wynberg - it was taken around the year 1940.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #199505)

Brisbane's Catholic Archbishop Duhig, always the one to recognise good property, leased this house as his residence in 1928, and the church eventually bought it in 1932. It has served as the Archbishop's residence ever since, although Archbishop O'Donnell chose to remain living in his previous residence, Dura (also known as Glengariff). The present incumbent, Archbishop Bathersby, lives at Wynberg now.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The statue is visible from the front gate of Wynberg, and it is from there that I took the recent photo above, so you get to see part of the house in the background. You'll get a much better appreciation of the house and grounds if you click on the link to the Google Map.

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  1. Yes a beautiful house , but my great Uncle's last name is spelt Willcocks

  2. Oh - entirely my mistake. I have corrected it now. Thanks for the advice.

    Thanks also for taking the time to email me about your great-uncle in this and the other post.



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