History of our House in Townsville, Australia

1870 - 1930 Colonial Federation and Interwar Pyramid HouseThe house was first built as a miner’s cottage around 1870 in Charters Towers during the gold rush. It was a simple 4-room colonial style miner’s pyramid roof style house.

House Being Moved by HorsesAround the early 20th century (1915 – 1930) the house was moved, most likely by a team of horses, from Charters Towers to Townsville when the gold mines shut down.

1870s Miners Cottage in TownsvilleWe purchased the house in 2005 in Townsville, performed some major renovation and upgrades to the house, and then sold it in 2009 prior to moving to Canada.

My son Caleb is currently learning about the Gold Rushes that have happened in Australian history. It is quite fascinating how much Australia has been influenced through it’s various gold rushes. During one decade after the first gold rush the Australian population doubled as fortune seekers came to Australia to try to get rich!

I thought that the history of our home, and many others like it during that era of Australian history, also made an interesting footnote for my son to learn about …


2 Replies to “History of our House in Townsville, Australia”

  1. ericbosloor

    What a darling little house, with an exciting history! I can’t believe it’s still standing. So I can tell you’ve lifted it up to insert a first story underneath. I’m sure over the years you developed  I need for more storage space then a four room colonial gold miner’s hut could offer!

  2. ThomasMaloney

    That’s a beautiful piece of history to bring out from the storage locker and teach your kids about! And all the more meaningful that you not only teach them about the country’s history but you actually live in an actual landmark!

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