Holistic local sustainability; food, water, energy, money, people
May, 2023. The vision of a Dutch House preserved for public access continues. The Coopers Plains Local History Group is being revived and the Dutch Australia Cultural Centre is supporting the concept to tell the story of local Dutch and Brisbane history.
We recently met with the CEO of the developer of Cornerstone Living, where the remaining Dutch Houses are situated, and receved [sic] a positive response to the proposal.
We have identified 9 Macdevitt Street, Coopers Plains (pictured here) as the best candidate. It has a heritage listing application on it with the Brisbane City Council. It is in original, unadapted condition, complete with outhouse at the back. It is well situated on a corner facing north and central to the local development.
The concept is to have a self-funded history cafe and community orchard, run by a nfp organization. The interior will be furnished in mid-century decor, displaying images and information about local Dutch history. Picture a fun tourist spot with waiters in traditional Dutch dress serving tables inside and out in the sun under shady trees. Cosy meeting rooms for hire. A fruit orchard supplying the menu. Tantalizing conversations about history, local gossip and tasty fruit recipes.
On Wednesday 25th of August, 2022, the Dutch House at 86 Troughton Road was demolished. But there’s another one to save! Please sign the petition.
The Corner forms the frontispiece of a private development known as Cornerstone Living.
This piece continues on from where the History of the ‘Dutch Houses’ of Coopers Plains left off.