Bankfoot House. Image credit: Barry Alsop.
Friends of Bankfoot House

Friends of Bankfoot House volunteers work at the house one day each week – usually Wednesdays between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm. 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. The Friends 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 contact (07) 5493 0197 or

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

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


Friends of Bankfoot House Newsletter

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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.

$10 plus postage. The booklet is available from Bankfoot House or by contacting the Friends.

"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.

$10 or $15 posted. The booklet is available from Bankfoot House or by contacting the Friends.