Historical Tewantin house gifted to community
  • Thursday 25 June 2009

Media are invited to attend a photo opportunity with Miss Esme Tait and Division 12 Councillor Lew Brennan as Miss Tait officially hands over the keys to council on Friday at Tait House, Tewantin.

Miss Esme Tait has very generously gifted her family home, Tait House, to the Tewantin community for community purposes. Built in 1920 for her parents Charles and Emma Tait (nee Duke), the house has remained in the Tait family since its construction.

Division 12 Councillor Lew Brennan said that Miss Tait’s family is embedded in Tewantin’s history.

“Miss Tait’s mother was the daughter of James Duke, Noosa Shire’s first chairman, and the Tait family also owned the Royal Mail Hotel.”

“Miss Tait has lived in the house for her entire life until just recently.

“The house will be used for community purposes by Council, and will be known as Tait-Duke Cottage.”

Council will now identify the most appropriate use for the house, and then make sure the house is fitted out for that community purpose.

In the meantime, the house is being temporarily located at Wallace Park. This relocation will take place within the next couple of months.