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Historic home given a modern lift

first_imgExecutive features include ducted airconditioning, back-to-base security system, an automatic hydraulic gate entry with video and internet uplink, three-phase power and three water tanks.With an in-ground pool, lavishly manicured gardens and grounds, trees more than a century old and a sand pit, Dr Bennett says the property is perfect for families and was incredibly peaceful.“There’s nothing I look forward to more after a long day than coming back to this home, it’s been an absolutely spectacular place to live,” he said. Como has been listed on both the National Trust and Queensland Heritage Register.Just a tiny glimpse of this 130-year-old majestic property over a fence was all Penelope Bennett needed to see to know it was the house she wanted to raise her children in.Dr Yale Bennett said his wife fell instantly in love with the Victorian-era, seven-bedroom home known as Como, and has never stopped loving it. 88 Kadumba St, Yeronga.“During our 26 years here we have raised five happy and very successful children and several will be devastated to see us sell, as will my wife. We’ve held five twenty-first birthday parties here and many memorable Christmases,” Dr Bennett said.Taking pride of place in the acreage property, the 1889 home was designed by renowned architect, Alexander Brown Wilson.Wilson was behind the design of many of Brisbane’s most iconic residential and commercial properties, and died in 1938.Dr Bennett said the previous owners had been in the house for 50 years meaning it’s only changed hands twice in 76 years. Four of the remaining bedrooms are located in a separate but connected house extension and all have built-in storage and are serviced by a bathroom. “There were two families living here before us, the parents and their daughters, so they added the second house in the 1960s beside the original house,” Dr Bennett said.Several of the ceilings have been raised and recladded with beaded VJ to match the originals. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoDuring renovations Dr Bennett noticed many of the original features of the home had been plastered over, including the original timber door to the outside of the house.“I could see this from up in attic looking down and couldn’t wait to get the plaster off them. A stove had also been shoved where a fireplace entrance used to be. The lounge room also had wallpaper to cover the beaded VJs, they had put hessian on to cover the four or five different set of tacks.“We had 50,000 tacks taken out of the walls and once the hessian was removed the bare timber had aged beautifully, like an old chardonnay.” “The first thing we did after we moved, well apart from build a treehouse for my children, was to restump the place, it was like a rollercoaster. We also replaced a lot of the wiring and have replaced the roof as it has needed it, with more than half replaced to date,” he said.The original homestead features three bedrooms, two sun rooms, a separate lounge, dining, library, office and a bathroom with vintage fixtures and large bathtub. The kitchen has granite benchtops, 2 pac cabinetry and premium appliances, beside this is the laundry and large rumpus room. The master has direct access to the enclosed veranda.Boasting 12-foot ceilings, polished timber floorboards and beaded VJ walls, a further sense of grandeur is created by handpainted leadlight windows, a crystal chandelier, hand-decorated lighting fixtures, custom-built timber joinery and three open fireplaces. Como has been listed on both the National Trust and Queensland Heritage Register, and its 4247 sqm of landscaped grounds are complete with lush lawns, manicured garden beds, and a variety of hundred-year-old trees, including a camphor laurel, queen palms and hoop pine. 88 Kadumba St, Yeronga.last_img read more

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A potential for greatness – CWSS Onasha Rogers

first_imgSEVENTEEN-year-old Onasha Rogers professed to have always had a love for running, but it was only a few years ago that she really started to get into it.“Growing up I always loved running; it’s in my blood from my grandfather straight down to my mom and the rest of my family,” Rogers remarked.But it was over the last three years she’s been on a steady line of development that peaked in her 2017 season; more specifically with her winning a silver and a relay bronze at the South American Junior Championships (SAJC) earlier this month.But medalling wasn’t her only achievement at the Junior Championships.The youth athlete ran the fastest she’s ever done in her entire life, clocking a personal best of 11.71 seconds in the Girls’ 100m, which was what landed her the silver medal at SAJC.Her personal best of 24.48 seconds in the 200m was achieved just one week prior, at the Independence meet in May. For the 100m silver she finished behind Brazil’s fastest female junior Lorraine Martins, and just behind compatriot Kenisha Phillips.Since the season started, Roger has been giving Phillips some keen rivalry on the track.With Phillips going unrivalled since she began to gain fame as Guyana’s leading junior female over the past few years, Rogers has begun to raise a few eyebrows.This season was also the year that Rogers made her debut as a national athlete, representing Guyana at the CARIFTA Games. Ending with 12.18 seconds in the 100m and 25.14 seconds in the 200m says that the Mackenzie High School student still has some way to go with her development.But her coach Moses Pantlitz believes in her potential – a potential that he says he’s seen in her since the day she first joined the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School (CWSS) athletics club – the same club that produced CARIFTA junior Boys’ 100m gold medallist, Compton Caesar.“Looking at her age, she had great potential with the right training. (At the beginning) it progressed not the way we were looking for, because at that age they wouldn’t normally come out and train as regularly as you would hope. Sometimes she would just come out two times a week. But I saw the potential in her. It was over the last few years she’s showing a lot of progress.”Rogers has been with CWSS club since 2011, after deciding to do some more training to develop her performance at Nationals, representing Upper Demerara/Kwakwani. She first began representing the District as an Under-10 athlete in 2009, when she ran and won the 100m and 200m races.In 2010 she claimed another gold in the 100m and silver in the 200m. In 2012 she set her first record – 12.40 seconds in the Girls’ Under-14 100m, a record which still stands today.Two years later she set the Girls’ Under-16 100m record at 12.2 seconds, but that was later erased by Kenisha Phillips’ 12 seconds in 2015.It was her consistent performance that drove Rogers to committing even more to her potential in athletics.“After I made Nationals the first year they realised my potential and began pushing me to the next level where I entered a club and started training.When I was 12 years old I travelled to Barbados for a Relay Fair where the exposure taught me a lot more about athletics and that’s where I began to take athletics even more seriously,” she recalled.last_img read more

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