It appears that the current use of the former restaurant is as a child-minding facility or pre-school, hence the sand pit and cubby house in the foreground of my picture.
(Photo: © 2012 the foto fanatic)
Actually, this building was originally the house of an early Brisbane mover and shaker, William Stephens, pictured below around the year 1889.
William Stephens was the eldest of the eleven children of TB Stephens, a very versatile man who was a politician and owned a tannery business and a newspaper as well. William must have been cut from the same cloth, as after the death of his father when William was only twenty, he managed the considerable Stephens estate on behalf of his mother and siblings. He also followed his father's footsteps into politics, becoming a councillor in the shire of Stephens (named after his father) for over thirty years including seven terms as chairman. He became the first mayor of South Brisbane in 1888, and was elected mayor twice more after that.
William Stephens married in 1900, and built Waldheim (a German word meaning "home in the forest") just off Ipswich Rd at Annerley Junction shortly thereafter. I'm not sure how long he lived there - another house, Knutsford, was built in 1907, and William was also very influential in primary industry in the Nerang area near the Gold Coast. In April 1907, the wife of William Stephens' brother Llewellyn gave birth to a son at Waldheim. Whether Llewellyn and his wife were living there then, or Waldheim was made available to them for her "confinement" is not known. Llewellyn and his wife were to move to their own house Kitawah in 1911.
The Stephens family has left quite a legacy in Brisbane - I'm sure we will hear more of them in this blog.
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