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Residence 'Orana'


‘Orana’ is a large, Federation house built in 1906 on the Blakeney Estate. Frank and Harriet Reimers had bought a vacant block in 1902. Frank Reimers was the Queensland Manager of the well-known Oriental Tea Company. The Reimers retained ownership of their property for nearly 80 years. ‘Orana’, with its finely detailed Filigree style featuring a semi-octagonal turret with a conical roof, is indicative of the homes built by wealthy Brisbane residents, who were attracted to Highgate Hill due to its panoramic views and breezes.


  • 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 the South Brisbane area in the late nineteenth century, in which many of the large, grand estates were subdivided into smaller, urban allotments.

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

    as a large and finely detailed Federation style house that was constructed due to Highgate Hill's popularity as a locale with Brisbane's wealthier residents.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as it is an early twentieth century, relatively intact, Federation Filigree style house skirted by an ornate verandah and featuring a semi-octagonal turret with a roof topped by a finial.

Place details
At 21 & 23 Gladstone Road , HIGHGATE HILL, 4101
Categories: Accommodation - House
Event(s): Constructed in 1906
Period(s): Federation (1893-1914)
Style(s): Federation - Filigree
Fabric component(s): Walls - Timber
Roof - Corrugated iron
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Residence 'Orana' 1

(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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