Rockonia Homestead property up for auction. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Rockonia Homestead property up for auction. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Unique slice of Central Queensland history up for grabs

AS SOON as you step through the front door of Ruth and Allan Goerg's home at 449 Rockonia Rd, the rich history of the property overwhelms you.

From the high ceilings decorated with ornate carvings, to the light filtering through lace curtains and the classic Italian and English furnishings, the beauty of Rockonia Homestead is certainly in the details.

As you make your way through the home, it seems to stretch on forever due to the eight bedrooms, five bathrooms, four kitchens, four laundries, three lock-up garages, two garages, large in-ground salt swimming pool and entertaining area, dining rooms, sitting rooms, a music room, a three-bay lock up farm shed, powered work shed and original staff quarters with double chimney.

The home, which is nestled amongst the Berserker ranges with breath-taking 360 degree views, was built in 1875 by prominent Rockhampton businessman ES Lucas, who developed a 1000-tree mango plantation on the 45 acres comprising the property.

Mr Lucas, who owned a drapery story in the East St mall, sold the property to Captain Baines, who used to sail up the Fitzroy River and trade. He rented it to meatworks managers JB Patterson and George Hopper. Hopper's signature remains carved into the glass of one of the home's doors to this day.

Mrs Goerg said her grandfather purchased the property in 1922 and it had been in the family ever since.

"Four generations have lived in the house. My grandfather bought it, then it went to my mother and she reared three children here and then we came up here after we got married, with our children Julie, Sandy and Kerrod," Mrs Goerg said.

"The upkeep of the home is just getting a bit much for us now so we've decided to sell it.

"It's going to auction because it is so unique."

The walls will certainly echo plenty of "oohs" and "aahs" when interested buyers attend an open home this Saturday from 11am to 11.45am.



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