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Friends of Bankfoot House Inc

Welcome to the Friends of Bankfoot House webpage.

I was born with a bull whip in one hand and an axe in the other'
The Friends of Bankfoot House Inc. have launched their second book, a biography on Jack Ferris. Jack, a bullocky from the age of 14, was the last resident of Bankfoot House in the Glasshouse Mountains. He died at the age 101 in 2002 and although awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal he sadly did not live to receive it.
The book is available from Bankfoot House or by contacting the Friends by phone 5493 0197 or email [email protected]
The cost is $10 or $15 posted.
Address by Clem Kelly presented at the launch of the Jack Ferris biography 14 June 2015

Bankfoot House, a heritage residence set in the Glass House Mountains, was established along the old Gympie road in 1868 by William and Mary Grigor as a rest stop for the Cobb and Co Coach service between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields. Three generations of this family occupied the house for over 130 years before the house and all its contents were sold to the Caloundra City Council in 2004. Mr Jack Ferris was the last resident in the house before he passed away in 2002, aged 101.

The council saw benefit in sponsoring a volunteer community group to assist in researching, cataloguing and preserving all the items in the house as well as undertaking general house-keeping. A public meeting chaired by Cr Anna Grosskreutz in September 2006 officially launched Friends of Bankfoot House. The group subsequently became incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act.

The objects of the association are described as:

To assist the Sunshine Coast Council in the preservation of the Bankfoot House site as set out in the management plan. To promote the Bankfoot House site as a heritage property and to encourage its use as an educational and cultural community asset.

Research and Activities

Friends of Bankfoot House Newsletter

Bankfoot House - a journey through time

Bankfoot House book cover

The Friends of Bankfoot House have compiled a booklet entitled ‘Bankfoot House - a journey through time'. The booklet contains many photos from the Bankfoot House Collection and traces the history of the Grigor, Burgess and Ferris families through their 135 year association with the heritage-listed house.

The booklet is available for sale from the Friends of Bankfoot House Inc. at $10 plus postage. Contact [email protected] to arrange to purchase a copy. Alternatively contact a member of the management committee listed in the Friends' Newsletters.

book cover

"I was born with a bull whip in one hand and an axe in the other"

The Friends of Bankfoot House Inc. have launched their second book, a biography on Jack Ferris. Jack, a bullocky from the age of 14, was the last resident of Bankfoot House in the Glasshouse Mountains. He died at the age 101 in 2002 and although awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal he sadly did not live to receive it.

The book is available from Bankfoot House or by contacting the Friends by phone (07) 5493 0197 or email [email protected]

The cost is $10 or $15 posted.

About the Friends

Friends of Bankfoot House volunteers work at the house one day each week – usually Wednesdays between 9.00am and 4.00pm. Inline with the requirements of House Museums all objects, photos and documents must be properly catalogued and details logged into a Museums database. Down the track this will make the job of locating items easier for researchers and students as well as better managing the overall collection.

Friends have been successful in obtaining various grants to assist in carrying out the weekly tasks at the house and to make the experience more enjoyable. Through these grants we have been able to purchase such items as a computer laptop, a refrigerator and microwave oven. We have also received generous support from the Beerwah Recycling Centre.

New volunteers at the house are always welcome. Volunteers receive training in a range of preservation tasks from the council’s Heritage Officer and from experts in their fields. For example, workshops have been held in Paper Preservation, Textile Preservation, Digital Scanning and Oral History Recording. All of the skills learned are transferable.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please telephone 5493 0197 or email [email protected]  for more information.

Please address all correspondence to:

The Secretary
Friends of Bankfoot House Inc.
PO BOX 337
Glass House Mountains QLD 4518

Membership of Friends of Bankfoot House Inc. is just $5 per year.

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