Type of place
House, Private school
Arts and Crafts
Moreton House was constructed in 1937 for auctioneer and land agent Martin Snelling, to a design by architect Sidney W. Prior. The large, two-storey house occupied a previously undeveloped portion of Wynnum, and its design took advantage of the surrounding views of the Wynnum hills and Moreton Bay, as well as incorporating Snelling’s desire for an older style home set on acreage. The house and two acres of land remained in the Snelling family until 1959, when the property was purchased by Moreton Bay College, christened ‘Moreton House’ and used for the Junior School. Part of the land was resumed in 1964 and the house returned to use as a private residence in 1967. This grand timber house reflects the appeal of semi-rural Wynnum North to wealthy Brisbane residents in the interwar period.
This is a place of local heritage significance and meets one or more of the local heritage criteria under the Heritage planning scheme policy of the Brisbane City Plan 2014. It is significant because:
The place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the city's or local area’s history
as a substantial architect-designed house built in the late 1930s as the country was still suffering effects of the great depression and as Wynnum was being developed as a prestigious waterside rural suburb.
The place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the city’s or local area’s cultural heritage
as an architect-designed two storeyed brick and timber house with American Colonial Revival influences.
The place is important because of its aesthetic significance
as a fine home designed and positioned to both take advantage of the views from the property, and to make a picturesque contribution to its surroundings which contain large specimen trees in spacious grounds.
Brisbane City Council aerial photographs, 1946, 2001, 2009
Brisbane City Council, Properties on the Web, Building Cards
Certificates of Title, Department of Environment and Resource Management
Brisbane City Council Archives, Building Register, 1937
Queensland Post Office Directories
The Courier Mail
Queensland Places: Wynnum (website)
Moreton Bay College, ‘Our Heritage’ (website)
Citation prepared by — Brisbane City Council (page revised June 2022)