Beth-Eden Retirement Home

Stage Number: MBSH.05.01.30

Group: Western

Local Study Area: Chelmer-Graceville-Sherwood

Epoch: Late 20th Century

Street Address: 85 Bank Road, Graceville

Latitude & Longitude: -27.52069444,152.97125

Time Link: 1958

Map Link: 1958

Image Time Point: 1958

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In 1957 Dr Felix Dittmer, briefly the state deputy Labor leader, sold the property to the Glad Tidings Tabernacle, the mother church for the Assemblies of God denomination in Queensland. Dittmer’s historical home was originally called “Verney”, and was erected in 1888 for newspaper proprietor Charles Hardie Buzacott. The historic home, as it changed its name a few times, had several owners before Dittmer — the members of the the Queensland Legislative Assembly, John Ferguson and Joshua Thomas Bell, and the Gulf pastoralist James Stanislaus Kirby. In 1958 the renamed Beth-Eden and officially opened as a retirement home.


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QSA. QSA Series ID 2058 Moreton District Maps – A Series. 6 miles to the inch. Moreton District. 6 miles to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane. 634909