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Auction for historic Ipswich home



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Ipswich has many old homes filled with history, and one of the oldest will be auctioned later this month.

Shillito House, at 70 Chermside Rd, was built in the 1870s Ipswich Investor, Property Management, Real Estate Ipswich, Mortgage Broker Ipswich, Ipswich property market, ipswich property pricesfor one of the city’s founding members Samuel Shillito.

The late Victorian homestead, like many original homes which share the street, is steeped in history and identified in 1992 as a place of heritage significance by Ipswich City Council.

Owners Gayle and Daryl Ferguson have worked to preserve to three-bedroom dwelling’s heritage, raising their six children in the home.

Mrs Ferguson is led to believe the home was one of the first six homes built in Ipswich.

The property is bordered by the “12 Apostles” – 12 Bribie Island Cypress trees protected under conservation, which have stood as a landmark on Chermside Rd for more than a century.

“We are told this is the second oldest home in Newtown,” Mrs Ferguson said.

“The home was built between 1873 and 1879. The exact date was written on one of the stumps, but we have never found it.”

It has been an ongoing investigation for the Ferguson family who have endeavoured to unearth more history about their home of 12 years.

The National Trust cited in the Ipswich Heritage Study of 1991 that 70 Chermside Rd “is possibly from the 1860s to 1870s” and noted the home’s unique “independent vaulted ceilings” in each room as significant. The veranda was remodelled in the 1930s and filled in at the rear to move the original kitchen from its former location underneath the home.

While low set to the front, Shillito House is deceivingly spread across two levels, which is considered rare for a home of this era.

The original fireplace climbs over two levels – with one in the original kitchen below and another the centrepiece of the formal sitting room.

The former kitchen has been retained by the Fergusons and is currently used as another bedroom in a flat built in underneath.

Samuel Shillito arrived in Ipswich from the Moreton Bay region in 1866. He was the founder of Shillito and Sons Engineering, a prominent foundry on Limestone St where Coles supermarket stands today.

Letters from his grand daughters Mari Johns and Olwen Kingsford, who were born at the home, reveal the house was built for Shillito and his wife Jane Morris in 1873. They claim the original shingle roof remains in tact under the present Colorbond, steep traverse hipped, roof.

Shillito’s efforts were mainly blacksmithing, the making of agricultural implements, and general engineering work. After 10 years in a Nicholas St factory, he bought the property on the corner of East and Limestone Sts.

History recorded by Ipswich City Council revealed it was here Shillito laid the foundation of the extensive engineering and foundry works, building Queensland’s first railway goods wagons before the railway workshops opened in 1903.

The original cast iron lace work on the verandas of Shillito House, and the house next door at number 72 which was built for Shillito’s son William, were made at his foundry.

Shillito was heralded in The Queensland Times for patenting the country’s first mangle – a mechanical laundry aid to wring water from wet laundry – for Ipswich Hospital in 1871.

“I hope someone from the community might know more about the house and its architectural history,” Mrs Ferguson said.

Shillito House will go to auction on March 28.


Original article published by Kiri Ten Dolle  12/3/ 2014

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Variety the key as business builds in Ipswich



Variety the key as business builds in Ipswich

Variety the key as business builds in Ipswich

SOME might consider it a rare sight in the Ipswich CBD, or at least something they haven’t noticed for a fair few years.

It’s 8pm on a Saturday in the Top of Town precinct, and the bars and restaurants are that full, you’d be hard-pressed getting a table if you haven’t booked one already.

The opening of several bars and restaurants – including Dusty’s Bar and BBQ and Heisenberg Haus more recently – has slowly brought people back into the city after dark.

While Ipswich still has its fair share of skeptics, those who have put their backsides on the line to make it work are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Dusty’s Bar and BBQ owner Mark Dale said he’d experienced a great start to 2016 after a busier-than expected Christmas period.

“Speaking with other restaurant and pub owners, everyone is excited for the future,” he said.

“The Top of Town is quickly turning into a place where you can have an American experience with us, or German at Heisenberg Haus, or Italian with Viva Italia.

“Then there are places like Fourth Child Cafe which has been very busy too.

“It gives people a reason not to just go out in Brisbane.”

The lift in activity hasn’t just been confined to the Top of Town.

Since opening early last year, Pumpyard Bar and Brewery owner Wade Curtis has enjoyed a strong following and the emergence of other restaurants and bars is only adding to the number of potential customers.

“I went for a walk around the Top of Town last Saturday and Dusty’s and Heisengerg’s were full,” Mr Curtis said.

“I think the dining and drinking scene is picking up. A lot more people are thinking about going out in Ipswich and people are going out every week instead of just on special occasions.

“To be a precinct where people go out, you need to have a good range of offerings – when people go out they want to hit more than just the one place.”

Variety the key as business builds in Ipswich

The QT has recently publicised the opening of the Thai On Ipswich on Limestone St, right across the road from established restaurants Tomato Brothers and Aaliya’s on Limestone.

About one kilometre west, on d’Arcy Doyle Place, Raj Sharma’s India Mehfil has recently undergone a major renovation and has been doing a roaring trade.

Boasting 72 beer taps, the new Tap’d Bar at the Prince Alfred Hotel has also been enjoying some big Friday and Saturday nights since opening in the latter half of last year.

Next door, the adjoining Char’d Restaurant is often packed out on weekends.

The chain of pubs and restaurants heading east is about to gain another link.

Variety the key as business builds in Ipswich

Passionate Italian chef Mario Grimaldi is taking a leap of faith by giving some much needed TLC to an old favourite on Brisbane Rd at Suicide Bend.

Formerly the Pancake Manor, many older Ipswich residents would recognise it as the old Bodega Restaurant.

Mr Grimaldi spent an entire month renovating the run-down building. He has come a long way and the restaurant has done strong trade in its first few weeks – but he still has a long way to go.

“When I first came here it looked as though the last tenants just picked up and left in a hurry,” Mr Grimaldi said.

“It needed a lot of TLC, but I was drawn to this place because before I moved to Ipswich I had a dream that I would find a place just like this on the road to Brisbane.”

Over four stages he hopes to build a fully insulated outdoor function area, as well as open up the old alley way back entrance for a cafe section.

With a Japanese restaurant and massage shop set to move into the adjoining building across the alley, Mr Grimaldi said he hoped his new restaurant, Casa Mia, would become a precinct of its own.

“As far as I’m concerned there is no competition,” he said.


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Australian Mortgage Arrears At Decade Lows



Australian Mortgage Arrears At Decade Lows

Australian Mortgage Arrears At Decade Lows

Fitch Ratings says Australian mortgage arrears have reached a decade low after declining 18bp to 0.91 per cent during 3Q15 according to its latest report.

Two-thirds of the improvement was due to the inclusion of AUD$8.7bn worth of new issuance from 1Q15. Fitch’s Dinkum Index would still have reached a decade low, even after removing the impact of thesetransactions.

House prices in Australia’s capital cities have strengthened 11.02 per cent yoy to September 2015 and have had a two-fold impact on mortgage performance. Strong house prices have enabled borrowers to sell their properties to cure arrears, reducing the 90+ days to 0.41 per cent – the lowest level since February 2006. Additionally, prices served to reduce principal losses on sale, maintaining the annualised loss rate unchanged qoq at a low 0.02 per cent.

Self- employed borrowers continue to experience financial difficulties; Low-Doc 30+ arrears increased to 6.97 per cent in 3Q15 from 5.72 per cent in 2Q15. This is despite serviceability factors being as a good as it gets with stable unemployment over the quarter, a low stable cash rate and standard variable rate, and low CPI.


Fitch believes material improvements in 2016 are unlikely and in the current borrower environment, arrears can be attributed to factors outside the economy such as divorce, extraordinary expenses and illness.

Fitch’s Dinkum RMBS Index tracks the arrears and performance of the mortgages underlying Australianresidential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).

The full report entitled, ‘The Dinkum RMBS Index – 3Q15′ is available at

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Graffiti on Ipswich trains will be history thanks to depot




GRAFFITI on Ipswich trains will have a short life span once the $190 million maintenance facility at Wulkuraka is in full swing.

Those who engage in defacing trains will be wasting their time due to high tech detection capabilities and a state-of-the-art high pressure cleaning facility at the depot.

Figures released last year showed that graffiti was costing Queensland Rail $5.5 million to remove from trains.

When the trains come in to the bi-directional depot, from either the Rosewood or Ipswich direction, they will go through what is known as the MRX Shed, or colloquially as ‘The Giraffe Hut’, where state of the art equipment picks up any defects in the train including graffiti.

There are 10 tracks, known as roads, at the facility.

Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) NGR program director Stuart Langan said down the end of one of those roads was where all graffiti would be eradicated before trains leave the depot pristine clean.

“Down the end of the six road are three high pressure cleaning machines and before a train goes back into service it will be cleaned,” he said.

“We have got the technology to pick up graffiti on the outside automatically.

“The message for graffiti artists is that any train leaving Wulkuraka will not have any graffiti on it.”

Detection equipment at the eastern and western end of the depot will pick up whether graffiti is on each train that comes into the depot.

“There is automatic detection of graffiti on the outside of the trains and that is something we are very keen to tackle with early detection,” Mr Langan said.

The ultra modern depot has already employed hundreds of people in the construction phase with the facility now just six months from being operational.

The depot will see global giant Bombardier maintain the latest generation trains with approximately 150 people set to be employed once the operational phase kicks in.

Mr Langan said the facility had been “purpose built to maintain the 75 six-car trains that we are getting from Bombardier”.

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