Home of George Edmonstone ('Moorlands Villa')

Stage Number: MBNH.07.02.73

Group: Western

Local Study Area: Toowong-St Lucia-Indooroopilly

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 451 Coronation Drive, Auchenflower

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47794444,152.99786111

Time Link: 1859

Map Link: 1865

Image Time Point: 1865

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George Edmonstone owned the 18 acre property in the mid-1850s and passed it to his son-in-law John Markwell on his marriage to Georgina Edmonstone. John Markwell had built Moorlands Villa there by 1859. He sold the house to Mrs Mary Mayne who moved into the house in 1879. Mrs Mayne died in 1889 leaving Mary Emelia Mayne, the 4th child, as the custodian of the property. In 1892 Richard Gailey, the highly regarded Brisbane architect, designed a new home which became Moorlands, which was the home of Mary Emelia and James Mayne for 48 years.


John Pearn, Auchenflower, The suburb and the name, 1997; Brian Avery, Moorlands, Brisbane Legacy Children’s Home 1943–1969, unpublished manuscript, Toowong and District Historical Society Inc.

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Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 1 chain to the inch. Plan of subdivision of section 30 City of Brisbane. 1 chain to an inch. Surveyor General’s Office, Brisbane.(quarter-size). 634488