The seat of Griffith was formed in 1934. Before that, it was known as the seat of Oxley, having been formed in 1900 for the original parliament. (The current seat of Oxley was only formed in 1949, and is in a totally different locality.)
The first member of the seat of Oxley was Brisbane businessman Richard Edwards, pictured below, who held the seat until he retired in 1913.
Prior to entering parliament, the Welsh-born Edwards had been a gold miner in Victoria and a shopkeeper in Brisbane. Around the year 1884, he bought a house on Wickham Terrace that had originally been designed by architect James Furnival and built in 1861 for Edward Southerden, a successful Queen St draper. This is an early photograph (C1859) of Southerden's drapery store that was situated on the Queen and Edward St corner now occupied by Tattersall's Club.
Edwards named the residence Bryntirion, apparently after a Welsh village. In 1876, extensions to Bryntirion which included the rotunda and the detailed entry porch (both seen below) were designed by Richard Gailey .
For many years, the house remained in the Edwards family, mirroring the trend on Wickham Terrace by becoming a doctor's surgery.
I believe the building was then sold in 2004 for about $2.8 million, and is now home to a specialist paediatric dental practice. It remains one of the few remaining Brisbane buildings from the 1860s, and is included in the state's heritage listing.
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