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Volunteer guides needed for Mayes Cottage

Published: 3 August 2018

Volunteer guides needed for Mayes Cottage

More volunteers are needed to support a part of Logan’s pioneering past that has been preserved for the future.

City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson, said Mayes Cottage House Museum at 20 Mawarra St, Kingston, offered excellent volunteering opportunities.

“If you enjoy bringing local history to life for our community, why not become a volunteer at the heritage-listed Mayes Cottage?” Cr Swenson said.

“You can make a difference by working with children, families and seniors to guide them through a rare and educational experience important for all generations to learn about and appreciate.

“We are looking for energetic, inquisitive individuals of all ages to enjoy this unique volunteering experience.”

Inquiries about volunteering at Mayes can be made by calling 3412 4147 (weekdays only) or emailing council@logan.qld.gov.au

Maintained by Logan City Council and staffed by volunteers, Mayes Cottage House Museum was preserved for the community in the late 1970s and is open free to the community from 10.30am to 4pm between Thursday and Saturday.

“Mayes Cottage is a fascinating location which offers the opportunity to explore a unique part of Logan’s heritage,” Cr Swenson said.

“Built in 1877 by the Mayes family and formerly known as Pleasant Place, Mayes Cottage is now a museum which is a reminder of our pioneering past.”

“It gives people an insight into how the city’s early residents lived as the cottage remains as it was when it was first built.

“The house, and what remains of the slab hut that stands outside, are originals, not reproductions and we are lucky to have this preserved for the future.”

John and Emily Mayes and their two small children, Joshua and Ruth, arrived in Brisbane from England in July 1871 first living in a slab hut before moving into the new house, named Pleasant Place, in early 1887.

In 1974 the Queensland Housing Commission acquired the remainder of the Mayes’ estate, apart from 2,198 square metres around the house.

In 1978 the Housing Commission sought to resume the house and a local action group stormed Parliament in protest.

After a drawn out campaign to save the property, it was declared a Reserve for Park and Recreation in 1979 with Albert Shire Council as trustees.

At that time there was no heritage legislation in Queensland and the property was saved because of the value of the vegetation, rather than the house.

Cr Swenson said Mayes Cottage was regularly used for community events celebrating Australia’s past and many of the activities took place in the grounds, which featured trees planted by the Mayes Family that were up to 120-years-old.

“In May this year the cottage held a range of activities as part of the Australian Heritage Festival and National Archaeology Week.

One of the most popular activities included family friendly hands-on archaeology sessions with experienced volunteers.

National History Month will be celebrated throughout August at Mayes Cottage.

On each Thursday in August, a series of family history workshops will be held between 10.30am and noon and 1.30pm and 3pm.

For more information on workshop topics and to book, call 3412 4147 or visit loglib.org/mayes

The next event, Under the Trees at Mayes, will be held from 10.30am to 1.30pm on October 5 as part of the annual ImagiNation Children’s Festival.

Bookings for this event can be made through the festival website - logan.qld.gov.au/imagination