Wood and Metal, Tait Cottage: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


© irene waters 2015

Donated by its owner, Esme Tait, to the Noosa Council, this old Queenslander for use by the community. Previously sited on prime land which was wanted for development  the heritage listed building, originally called Auchenrah Cottage, had to be preserved. The owner had lived in the house for 87 years. The longest I have ever lived in a house was as a child where 8 years was my longest. Since leaving the childhood home my average has been 3 years. 87 years is incomprehensible to me.


© irene waters 2015

The house was initially moved to Wallace Park where it sat for nearly four years neglected and deteriorating. It has in the last month been moved to its final home on council land currently used for a community garden.


© irene waters 2015

The Rotary Club and United Synergies have authority over the building and will restore it to it’s former glory. The metal fences will go but the metal ant caps will remain. I can just imagine what it was like sipping mint juleps on this shady verandah.


© irene waters 2015

Constructed of wood and metal and some beautiful coloured glass this house is going to look a picture as you view it across the veggie patch.


© irene waters 2015

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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23 Responses to Wood and Metal, Tait Cottage: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. ChristineR says:

    Interesting building, Irene. I found a picture of half of it on a truck – being keen to see a bit more beyond the shutters. It will be a lovely place for the gardeners and the other local groups they belong to. A good save.

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    • I’ll keep my eye on it Christine and when it is renovated and open for the public I will go in and take some photos. The photo you came across must have been in a local paper I didn’t see. I always find the transporting of whole (or half) houses fascinating. Yes I think it will be a good save.

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      • ChristineR says:

        There are two photos in an article written at the end of October , on mysunshinecoast com au – just a week after it moved to the community garden. It’s wonder the paper didn’t have a picture of it on the truck. That’s always exciting. I look forward to updates on opening day. 🙂

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      • I just found the article. Yes I’ll keep you posted as to how the interior is developed. I imagine that they will keep it in the style of the house so it should be nice returned to its former glory. 🙂

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  2. trentpmcd says:

    Cool building. It’s great they’re restoring it.

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a great series for metal and wood. Thanks for playing.

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  5. Pat B says:

    What an interesting story about this house! The photos definitely work for the challenge too.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    I like to see buildings preserved, especially in ways that can enhance a community.

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  7. Sherri says:

    87 years…wow! Incomprehensible to me too. I’ve lived in our present home for 8 years which is the longest ever, but it seems you’ve moved even more than me! Hard to understand being rooted for so long isn’t it? Really enjoyed reading about the preservation of this interesting building, thank you Irene 🙂

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  8. Wonderful that it’s being saved and restored.
    We’ve lived in our current home for nearly 40 years. We love it though it needs nearly as much work as the cottage in your post. Sometimes I think only the termites are holding our house together. Other times I’m sure it’s just my tears.

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