2018 will mark the 150 year anniversary of the founding of Bankfoot House by pioneers William and Mary Grigor. Established as the lunch stop and staging post for the Cobb & Co route from Brisbane to the Gympie goldfields, it also served as the post office, accommodation house and supply store.
To celebrate this important milestone, a program of special events will be held throughout the year celebrating the stories of Bankfoot House. The Friends of Bankfoot House will conduct tours of the historic house from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm at each event.
Sunday 29 April, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Now known as the Glass House Mountains, this area has long been a special meeting place for the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara People. Learn about the Indigenous significance of this area through storytelling, bush tucker and children’s workshops. This is part of the Australian Heritage Festival event 'My culture, my story'.
Sunday 24 June, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
The Grigor family were the first European family to settle in the region. Learn all about life in colonial times. View films about the pioneering history of the Sunshine Coast.
Cobb & Co.
Sunday 26 August, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Bankfoot House was established as the lunch stop and staging post for Cobb & Co coaches on the Brisbane to Gympie goldfields route. Listen to guest speakers including Jeff Powell, Curator of Cobb & Co Museum and Steve Ralph, Spirit of Cobb & Co.
Sunday 14 October, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Marking 150 years since the founding of Bankfoot House, this special event will feature a traditional Welcome to Country, food stalls, live music, guest speakers, guided tours and activities for all the family including a Cobb & Co re-enactment, whip cracking, heritage games and film screenings.
View the Bankfoot House Sesquicentenary flyer.