Last week, I went on a road trip to Boondooma Homestead, near Proston here in south-east Queensland. Mum and I have wanted to come here for sometime.
The above building is a storehouse, built in about 1855 by my great great great grandfather Wilhelm Brill. He was a stonemason from Germany. It is possibly the first building in Australia built to metric measurements.
The building is in remarkable condition, virtually untouched. The stone came from a nearby creek. Ant bed was used as mortar. It was very moving to put my hands where Wilhelm once put his.
This is the homestead. It is being bought back to life by a dedicated band of people -the Friends of Boondooma, in particular Buddy Thompson. They are to be congratulated on doing such a great job.
One of their major fundraisers is a country music and bush poetry weekend. It is held on the last weekend of April each year. Most people camp on the grounds. Next year it falls at Easter, so I suspect a good time will had by all.
It is a beautiful part of the country. Well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.