Newstead House : the social history, culture and architecture of a bygone era

Kumarasuriyar, Anoma C. & Nielsen, David (2013) Newstead House : the social history, culture and architecture of a bygone era. In Lira, Sergio, Amoeda, Rogerio, & Pinheiro, Cristina (Eds.) Sharing Cultures 2013 : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Intangible Heritage, Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development, Aveiro, Portugal, pp. 3-12.

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Historic house museums form a significant component of the built heritage and social history of a country. They vary from the elaborate mansions of the wealthy to modest dwellings of the working class. Regardless of the original owner's status in society these house museums are vital to an understanding of architecture, culture and society from a bygone era. The Newstead House, the oldest surviving residence, in Brisbane, is the first house to be designated a 'Historic House Museum' in Queensland. It is a representative example of a house that demonstrates the British colonial heritage of 19th century Australia. Originally a modest cottage, on 34 acres of land, the Newstead house was built by a Scottish migrant. The ownership of the house and land changed many times, during the period from 1847 to 1939. During this period a series of prominent residents of Brisbane either owned or rented this residence. They included, an officer of the Royal Navy, politicians, magistrates, merchant ship owners, and a Consul General of the United States of America. As a result, the house went through a series of renovations and extensions to accommodate the needs of its owners and their position in society. This paper aims to investigate the significance of historic museum houses in educating the community on aspects of social history, culture and architecture of 19th century Australia. It will focus on the heritage listed Newstead House as a case study to demonstrate the significance of the house as an artefact and an educational tool.

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ID Code: 61690
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Newstead House, Heritage, History, Museum, Brisbane
ISBN: 9789899801356
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Heritage and Conservation (120102)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Editors and the Authors
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Deposited On: 05 Aug 2013 23:08
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