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Save 'Mundumburrah' and place it on the Heritage Register

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Mundumburrah is a home of considerable architectural and well documented historical significance at 41 Drane Street Clayfield.  It is currently being redeveloped as part of a Development Application approved in September 2016.  Approval was given despite there being an application for Heritage Listing lodged with the Brisbane City Council in March 2016, which was apparently overlooked by Council when approving the redevelopment.

The home is a substantial dwelling and significant for its contribution to the Drane Street streetscape, being the first home in the block and also the last remaining example of the wealthier Queensland Colonial Pyramid architecture dating from the 1880s to the early 1900s in the street.   Mundumburrah is a late Victorian era timber residence which is important in illustrating the principal characteristics of a distinctly regional, climate-responsive style of architecture.  It has been well maintained and retains most of its original features. 

Drane Street Clayfield was so named in 1897, after John William Constantine Drane, who built the house on its current site in 1886.  It remained the only house in the entire block between Railway Parade and Victoria Street until 1920.  John Drane, his wife and children played a significant and well documented role in the early history of Brisbane. Three of the Drane boys served in WW1 but only two returned home.  Few streets in Clayfield are named after prominent residents that actually lived in the street.

Arthur Ferry, another prominent figure in early Queensland Government, purchased the property in 1923 and Mundumburrah remained in the Ferry family until 1984.

The historical and architectural importance of this property was completely overlooked in approving the development application and a decision on the Heritage Listing Application remains outstanding.

As a result we are petitioning the Brisbane Lord Mayor as follows:

Dear Lord Mayor Graham Quirk,

For your immediate attention:  Mundumburrah 39-41 Drane Street, Clayfield  4011

Built in 1886, this was the first house in the block and is the last remaining example of tin and timber Queensland Colonial Pyramid Architecture.

To demonstrate the good faith of your council in adhering to its own Heritage Protection Laws, we, the signatories to this petition, request that:

  1. The application sent to on 30 March 2016 to list this unique property on the Heritage Register be acted upon and listed immediately. 
  2. Brisbane City Council ensure Mundumburrah will be restored and fully protected in its original context as an integral part of Brisbane and Queensland's Architectural Heritage.
  3. Commemorative plaques be placed on the footpath noting Mundumburrah's unique status in Queensland Colonial Pyramid Architecture and naming the prominent citizens who have lived in this home.

Please restore our confidence in your good administration of this city.


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