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Residence 'Rochemount' or 'Tarong'


This impressive ridgetop residence was built circa 1877 for accountant John Stephens, who had also managed two large newspapers, ‘The Courier’ and ‘The Queenslander’. Stephens and his family lived in the house until 1893 before it passed to a number of different owners. By 1926, the house had been converted into flats and featured a tennis court and substantial terraced gardens that surrounded the residence. The original block of land has since been subdivided and a number of flats built on the adjoining blocks.


  • a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history

    as it reflects the process which occurred in South Brisbane in which many of the grand estates were subdivided into smaller allotments.

  • a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history

    as it reflects the changing perception of South Brisbane from a location for the residences of the wealthy to an area for lower middle class rental properties/residences, exemplified by its change from an older style residential property of the nineteenth century, to flats in the twentieth.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as a fine intact example of a large 1870s residence located on a hill for its aspect and status, and for its contribution to the streetscape of Blakeney Street.

  • 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

    for its association with the influential Stephens family which made a significant contribution to the social, civic and cultural life of the area.

Place details
At 14-20 Blakeney Street , HIGHGATE HILL, 4101
Categories: Accommodation - House
Accommodation - Flat/s
Event(s): Constructed circa 1877
Period(s): Settlement (1842-1879)
People involved: Significant occupant - John Stephens
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Residence 'Rochemount' or 'Tarong'

(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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