Ashby House

Ashby House

Stage Number: MBSH.02.02.02

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Fairfield-Annerley

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 135 Brougham Street

Latitude & Longitude: -27.50719444,153.02129444

Time Link: 1891

Map Link: 1891

Image Time Point: 1891

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Ashby House was owned and occupied by one of Queensland’s pioneers, farmer, businessman and politician George Grimes, a member of the renowned Grimes family who contributed significantly to the development of colonial Queensland. Grimes settled in Fairfield in the 1850s and are credited with the naming of the suburb, as well as its growth in the nineteenth century as an agricultural region. This gracious dwelling is located on a hilltop rise overlooking the whole cemetery reach of the Brisbane River. Constructed in the 1890s, it was one of the first large homesteads to be built in the Fairfield Farm (see entry) area, and was home to the Grimes family until 1924. The former twelve-acre estate surrounding Ashby House was subdivided and sold through the second half of the twentieth century and Ashby House is no longer used as a residence.


19th Century Residence. Brisbane City Council Heritage Register.

Image Citations

Residence. Brisbane City Council Heritage Registrar.

Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 74 chains to the inch. Queensland Census Districts. City and suburbs of Brisbane. Area within a radius of 5 and 10 miles. 74 chains to the inch. Government Engraving Office, Brisbane. 634515