Woodston is your quintessential old Queenslander, and a museum of beautiful antiques.
For an inspirational home of a different sort, Woodston is an exact replica of a house from the 1880s, and its proud owners work constantly to keep it in perfect condition.
Anne Wegener and Graham Hesse bought their house in 1979 and moved it to its present location in Brisbane’s northern outskirts. They then spent the next 20 years restoring the house to its former glory. Painted in its original colours of 1885, the house is fully furnished with appropriate antiques, pictures and mirrors from the period – right down to the toilets activated by pulling a chain.
As a collector, Graham says he probably collects too much, so they have to thin it out every now and then.
Anne says there must be something romantic about a passion for a Victorian house. She describes it as organic, as something that smells and lives.
The reality of living in such an old house is the constant cleaning, the cold and dark interiors in winter, and the fact that the renovation work is seemingly endless.
But the owners and their children know they have a very special home, and say they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.