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Residence 'Hurlton'


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.

Place details
W. R. Black Children’s Home
At 7 Laurel Avenue , CHELMER, 4068
Categories: Accommodation - House
People - Welfare
Event(s): Constructed in 1889
Period(s): Boom (1880-1892)
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry
Roof - Corrugated iron
People involved: Architect - Oakden, Addison and Kemp
Association - W. R. Black
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Residence 'Hurlton'

(Last updated - 14 Mar 2016)

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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 8888.

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