Boonara Homestead is celebrating 150 years

April 5, 2012

Boonara Homestead, just 12km north of Goomeri, will be celebrating its 150th birthday on Pumpkin Festival weekend … and if you love antiques, fine music or history, then you’re going to want to be there!

The homestead, located on the Burnett Highway, was built in 1862 for David Jones (of department store fame).

Current owners Rob and Lorraine Goodchild have put together an impressive day of activities to celebrate the sesquicentenary on Saturday, May 26.

A highlight will be an opportunity to have family treasures and collectibles appraised Antiques Roadshow-style by Gordon Brown from the ABC-TV show “Collectors”.

Soprano Ana Marina, who starred alongside Anthony Warlow in Phantom of the Opera, will also be performing.

There will also be a vintage fashion parade presented by local collector Linda Silburn; wine tasting and sales by Clovely Estate, Scottish and Irish dancing, a tug-o-war and other old-fashioned games, vintage cars, tractors and machinery, arts and crafts, a pipe band, and tours of the homestead.

To top it all off, Nanango Theatre Company will be performing a skit about “The Wild Scotsman”, bushranger James McPherson who harried local travellers during the 1860s.

For more information, visit the Boonara Homestead website

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