The property known as “Hurlton” was originally built in 1889 as a stylish residence for John Sutton and his family. Designed by respected Brisbane architectural firm Oakden, Addison and Kemp the two-storey residence consists of a masonry ground floor and timber first floor. In the 1920s the property was purchased by W. R. Black, successful Queensland coal mine owner and philanthropist, and donated to the Presbyterian Church as a disabled children’s home. Much of the original exterior timber fretwork has been removed due to termite damage and the first floor rebuilt, however the ground floor remains intact. The property has been restored and returned to a family residence.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as an early stately residence built in the 1880s it reflects the growth of prosperity in the Chelmer area.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
as a substantial brick and timber residence located on extensive grounds with river views, Hurlton contributes to the areas aesthetic beauty and streetscape value.
g) It has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
as the W. R. Black Home for disabled girls, established in the 1920s, the Home played an important role in the lives of its residents, their families and the Chelmer community.
h) It has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the City's or local area's history
as a stylish residence designed by important Brisbane architectural firm Oakden, Addison and Kemp.
W. R. Black Children’s Home
At 7 Laurel Avenue , CHELMER, 4068
Accommodation - House
People - Welfare
Constructed in 1889
Walls - Masonry
Roof - Corrugated iron
Architect - Oakden, Addison and Kemp
Association - W. R. Black
NOTE: The purpose of this report is
to provide a general reference source of information
about the main historical and descriptive features that
contribute to the cultural significance of the heritage
place. It is based on available evidence and may be
re-assessed if further information becomes available.
It is NOT an official report and does not in any way
replace the official Heritage Register entry, which
can be viewed in the City Plan. A qualified practitioner
should undertake a thorough conservation study of the
heritage place before any action is taken which may
affect its significance as a heritage listed place.
For further information please phone Council on 3403