Gordon Park auction of a 95-year-old time capsule


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Helen Edwards’ grandma Maude Alyward (on the porch), her mum Ethyl (left) and aunties outside 122 Beaconsfield Terrace, Gordon Park in the 1930s. Picture: Supplied.

THIS Gordon Park house has been in the one family for 95 years, having been passed through four generations as a haven for the women while their men served in two world wars.

The large 810sq m block sits on two lots.

Many of the original features at 122 Beaconsfield Terrace, Gordon Park are now hidden under a few decades of updates but Ray White Alderley director Andrew Cowan said restoring them would be a renovator’s dream come true.

There’s weatherboards under the stucco, pine floors under the carpets, and VJs behind the masonite at 122 Beaconsfield Terrace, Gordon Park.

“This old girl, she’s just dying to show you what’s under her petticoat, and you know what, buy her a new dress and she just might be the belle of the ball,” Mr Cowan said in the property listing.


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The handmade granite pathway, made with the same Camp Mountain granite used in the foundations of Brisbane City Hall, was laid by Helen Edwards’ grandfather when he had the house built in 1924.

The front entrance as it looks now and back in the 1930s.

When he passed away, Mrs Edwards’ grandmother passed the property to her youngest daughter’s children.

“World War One had just finished and the men were going off to war and dying so the women of that generation were very concerned for what would happen to the girls,” current owner Helen Edwards said.

The kitchen as it looks today.

Helen and her brother grew up in the house, and she shared a bedroom with her grandma, Maude Alyward.

The 810sq m block is across two lots on the ridge of Beaconsfield Terrace with city views.

“It’s a very large yard, we had chooks and my brother had a pigeon coop down the back,” she said.

The backyard, where chooks used to roam free.

The house has three bedrooms and a sleep-out with a separate large living room, a kitchen and dining room.

Downstairs has the laundry, storage area and a workshop, and the back carport has a shed attached.

In recent years, Mrs Edwards son has lived in the house.

“It’s time,” she said of the decision to sell the family home.

“It needs a lot of work.”

Mr Cowan said around 30 local groups had inspected the property, some returning two or three times.

“This is an opportunity to renovate and make it a beautiful home on the ridge line,” he said.

The view from the back window of 122 Beaconsfield Terrace, Gordon Park.

“It has the potential once renovated to be one of the best properties in Gordon Park. The views are very unlikely to be built out.

“The owner is very much hoping that whoever buys the house does it justice and knows that it needs a lot of work.

“It’s going to be a big project.”

The property will go to auction on Saturday at 12pm.


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