Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.14

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: West End-South Brisbane-North Woolloongabba

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 253 Vulture St. South Brisbane

Latitude & Longitude: -27.48315556,153.02454444

Time Link: 1890

Map Link: 1890

Image Time Point: 1890

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In 1890 Cumbooquea was built for Ann Stephens. She was the widow of famous local politician Thomas Blacket Stephens (died 1877) , MLA for South Brisbane. Hilltop Cumbooquea, with its octaganal tower (Architect: GHM Addison) overlooked the Town Hall and Municipal Library. The house became Somerville House girls boarding school’s first building.


P.Newell and Unk White, Brisbane Sketchbook, (Brisbane: Rigby Ltd., 1967); Brisbane City Council, Exploring the City of South Brisbane: Heritage Trail Series No.11, (Brisbane, BCC, c1999)Discover Queensland at war,;

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QSA. QSA Series 1748 Moreton District, County of Stanley Maps – A1 Series. 1 chain to the inch. Borough of South Brisbane (Ward No 1), Parish of South Brisbane, County of Stanley. ca 1 chain to the inch. Borough of South Brisbane, Ms.,. 620304