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Anna and Michael Finlayson are promoting their Chelmer residence which was initially Brisbane’s first golf membership home. They’ve lived right here with Mack, 8 months, Billie, three and their canine Rocky. Image: Annette Dew


IT WAS seven years in the past, simply earlier than Christmas, when Anna and Michael Finlayson moved into their historic Chelmer residence.

With some ‘actual structural considerations’ it was the start of majorly renovating the musky, damp and dusty old-style Queenslander at 115 Honour Ave.

BEFORE: 115 Honour Avenue, Chelmer.


AFTER: Prepared for the subsequent 100 years.


“It was a typical run down previous Queenslander that actually wanted some TLC,” Mr Finlayson stated. “The concept was to get it habitable till we might do a renovation. It was in very poor situation.

With an overhaul of the home underway, the week they started demolishing a part of the house, Mrs Finlayson fell pregnant with daughter Billie. “We have now such fond recollections of residing within the mini home which we constructed first, whereas constructing the principle home after which shifting in right here,” Mrs Finlayson stated. “We had been thrown a curve ball with Billie, having been identified with most cancers, she had main surgical procedure and chemotherapy therapy in 2019, so the home was fairly a haven with the big back and front yards, heated pool and loads of house inside to play in.

“Earlier this 12 months simply earlier than Mack was born, we determined to get the pool heated which was a godsend throughout COVID lockdown, with a new child and a rambunctious toddler.”

AFTER: The property sits on 1070sq m.


Initially Brisbane’s first golf clubhouse and as soon as frequented by a few of the metropolis’s most distinguished names, the circa 1897 property is on an enormous 1070sq m nook allotment, adjoining to the Chelmer practice station.

It has been an exquisite residence to lift the couple’s two youngsters Billie, 3, and Mack, eight months, and their pooch Rocky.

The couple undertook a year-long renovation and new extension of the heritage-listed home.


Mr Finlayson, the director of Finlayson Group, stated they constructed a totally self-contained Queenslander-style two storey, two-bed stand-alone home beside it which is hooked up to the principle home by a bridge.

AFTER: 115 Honour Avenue, Chelmer.


“With or with out heritage itemizing we had each intention of holding the attractive, previous character of the home,” he stated. “The historical past of the house is fairly particular.”

Mrs Finlayson stated the Brisbane Golf Membership clubhouse was opened by Lord Lamington in 1897.

“The golf course was throughout our home and the place lots of the lovely Chelmer and Graceville properties are immediately,” Mrs Finlayson stated.

“After a couple of years the membership grew and moved to the place it’s now positioned at Yeerongpilly.”

The couple discovered a really previous bottle within the wall by Brisbane Aerated Water Firm which Mrs Finlayson believes dates again to when the home was constructed.

“We have now left a Pink Bull can within the wall for somebody to perhaps discover in one other 100 years,” she stated.

BEFORE: The kitchen has gone from this …



The Finlaysons need to renovate one other property and are able to say goodbye to their five-bedroom, three-bathroom residence.

“We love this home, we love the world however Fin (husband) can’t sit nonetheless, he’s at all times properties that want some love,” Mrs Finlayson stated. Mrs Finlayson stated COVID-19 taught them the fantastic thing about a big yard as they spent a number of time outdoors and tailored to socially distanced catch ups.

The long-lasting home is a much-loved property within the space, she stated.

“I like how everybody you meet has some story about this home, like going to a celebration right here within the 70s or a buddy’s cousin lived right here. So many golfers are excited to listen to about its historical past too,” Mrs Finlayson stated.

Their property is on the market by Place New Farm’s agent Ann-Karyn Fraser, 0419 708 094.

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