Historic Sandgate house linked to cannons and corned beef
A HOME built for one of Sandgate’s pioneering families is looking for its third owner in more than a century after being passed in at auction on the weekend.
The 109-year old Queenslander at 2 Rainbow St, Sandgate, was built for Bill Verney, a well-known trader in the early 1900s.
His granddaughter, Pam Verney, is president of the Sandgate Historical Society and has written about the legend of her grandfather.
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“Kids came to him to get fish hooks out, and they (the kids now older!) tell the story of the cannon Bill Verney used to threaten to fire,” she wrote in her collection of memories of Verney Street.
“The story is told that someone knew it was fired once, and ‘he’ would fire it so they used to go the long way home from school to avoid the cannon.”
The building materials used in the house tell other stories.
Mr Verney had Woodford House at Sandgate built as his family home in 1910.
The one-inch thick coloured glass window on the front doors was recycled from a glass topped barrel used by Queensland Meat Exporters to send corned beef to an exhibition in England.
Mr Verney had it silvered and printed with the words ‘Woodford House’.
The name came from the Woodford Saw Mill, one of the local mills used to source timber for the home. Mr Verney bought the saw mill and named his house in its honour.
Pam Verney was raised at Woodford House and said her grandfather was a character.
“He was a little man but he was a wheeler and dealer,” she said.
In her written history she recalls how her grandfather became very good friends with the manager of the Nambour Sugar Mill who was a racing man. Race winnings were used by Mr Verney to buy timber to build cottages around Sandgate.
He also built the Billiard Room at 73 Rainbow Street which has also been listed for sale and is currently under contract.
“My father was born on the veranda of our house,” Pam Verney said. “Sandgate was well known for its maternity hospital and midwives so someone probably came to the house.”
In 2003 the Verney family sold the property to Scott and Vanessa Naumann.
Mr Naumann said it had been a privilege to raise his own family here as the second owner of the property.
“Having worked on Queenslanders all my life, it was great to have one of my own”
He said the three-bedroom cottage with 3.2m ceilings and an original shed would be perfect for someone who valued old-school workmanship and history.
“Not just its history but their own history,” he said. “If you look into that old shed, it’s a blank canvas, it’s like a second dwelling that’s half the size of the home.”
The veranda extends around two sides of the home and an inground swimming pool has been added.
There is a spacious master bedroom with a two-way bathroom.
A large kitchen with plenty of storage leads to the dining and lounge area.
“We never wanted to build in underneath, we put in timber stumps around the outside and kept its character. We’ve done up the kitchen and the bathroom and kept that old look.”
Catherine O’Keefe of Ray White Redcliffe is selling the property.