Swains Residence

Stage Number: MBSH.05.01.03

Group: Western

Local Study Area: Chelmer-Graceville-Sherwood

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 139 Laurel Ave. Chelmer

Latitude & Longitude: -27.51661389,152.96878889

Time Link: 1920

Map Link: 1936

Image Time Point: 1936

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Built circa 1921. Queensland Director of Forests (1918-24) Edward Swain bought 1.5 acres beside the River in 1920 and this House was occupied by 1925. On the grounds, he planted native tree and exotic plant gardens. At nearby Sherwood, he established a riverside Arboretum park. Swain initiated modern state economic forestry practices. In 1932, he became Queensland Forestry Board’s inaugural chairman . He spoke against indiscriminate land grants of state forrest in the 1932 state election and subsequently lost his job. He moved to South Australia then NSW. He was founder of ANU’s Australian Forestry School and worked for the UN. His daughter maintained their Chelmer home and he died in Brisbane in 1970.


Department of Enviroment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Heritage Register citation No.602427

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Qimagery. Brisbane 1936. Scale: 1:11,000.