- Friday 01 May 2009
Bankfoot House, the Glass House Mountains’ first and oldest building, will launch into cyberspace this weekend to give schoolchildren a better understanding of what life was like in the 1800s on the Sunshine Coast.
The new website, which will provide an online educational experience of history lessons combined with fun interactive games for school children to engage in, was made possible thanks to $10,000 of Queensland Government funding from the Q150 program.
Bankfoot House holds a special place on the Sunshine Coast being not only the Glass House Mountain’s first building, but also its oldest surviving building.
The property’s rich history has varied over the years and includes operating as a dairy, Cobb & Co stables, butchery, an accommodation house, and a post office. In later years it became a much loved family home. It was also a key stopover point for people travelling from Brisbane to Gympie.
The house received wider recognition when it was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2008.
The funding contributed toward the engagement of educational writers and the development of the website that tells the story of Bankfoot House and its role in the first European settlement.