The historic Riversleigh property at Emu Park is up for sale.
The historic Riversleigh property at Emu Park is up for sale.

Historic home up for sale

THE ballroom, the ladies parlour, servants' quarters, or men's smoking room?

When you live in this enormous historic family home, which was built in the late 1890s and has five bedrooms and some other quite unusual rooms, you have to be specific about where you are.

For ten years Lorna Moxham and her husband raised their two daughters in this beautiful, periodic Queensland homestead called Riversleigh, which still has some interesting detail, history and surely many old tales to be told.

But Lorna is ready to pass on that history to someone else who appreciates it, as she and her family are looking to move, and the property is now up for sale for offers around one million dollars.

The house was build as the home of the manager of the Central Queensland Meat Export Company at Lakes Creek, in Rockhampton, which is now Teys Brothers Meatworks, on the banks of the Fitzroy River.

In 1981 the company decided the home was no longer required and it was donated to Lionel DeLandelles for inclusion in his dream of creating Ross' Run Historical Complex, off the Emu Park Rd.

Ross' Run never eventuated as a historical complex, but a collection of well known buildings from Rockhampton and the surrounding districts still remain on the site.

The pamphlet for the complex stated the buildings were either lying vacant or were to be demolished when Mr DeLandelles rescued them to be preserved.

Riversleigh is so large it had to be cut into five sections and moved out to the location in Emu Park, and has been the home of the Moxham family, only the fourth owners of the property, for a decade.

The neighbouring buildings include Glenora House, Stanwell Railway Station, the first Methodist church in North Rockhampton, the Hartley Memorial Church and the Congregational church.



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