- Last updated:
- 03 Jan 2017
Bankfoot House is a state heritage listed property and the oldest surviving residence in the Glass House Mountains.
Bankfoot House is open on the last Sunday of the month from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm, or by appointment. For information or bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
William and Mary Grigor established the house in 1868. Cobb & Co coaches, travelling between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields, used the property as a lunch stop and staging post. The house was named after Mary’s village in Scotland.
Independent travellers used Bankfoot House as an overnight stop, paying one shilling for dinner, one shilling for a bed and one shilling for their horse. Bankfoot House also had its own general store, butcher shop, blacksmith and was the post office.
When the railway came in the early 1890s, the mail contract transferred from coach to rail. This made the coach service unviable. The postal service was also relocated to Glasshouse Railway Station. William Grigor was officially recorded as the postmaster up until his death in 1907.
Following the end of the coach service, Bankfoot House continued as an accommodation house. Visitors came to the Glasshouse district to climb the mountains.
The property remained with the same family across three generations. The Grigor, Burgess and Ferris families occupied the house for over 130 years. Members of these families made a huge contribution to the district. They were involved in local industries, community life and local government.
The last resident of Bankfoot House, Jack Ferris, died at age 101 in 2002. The Caloundra City Council purchased the house and contents from the Ferris family in 2004. The council established the property as a House Museum.
The Friends Group
The Friends of Bankfoot House formed in 2006. The group actively promotes the historical significance of the property. They have published a booklet called ‘Bankfoot House – a journey through time’.
You can find more information on the Bankfoot House website.
[Historical images from the Bankfoot House Collection.]