Cintra House

Bowen Hills

This prominent white landmark villa on ‘Cloudland Hill’ came from humble beginnings as a smaller stone Georgian affair designed by Benjamin Backhouse in the early 1860’s. After its first owner George Webb, GM of the 19th century steamship line AUSN died, the house was bought by pastoralist, prominent businessman and 1888-1890 Queensland Premier Boyd Dunlop Morehead, after whom two nearby streets in the vicinity are named. During his time as Premier he distinguished himself by having the Assembly sit for a record 97 hours.

Boyd had the house considerably extended to accommodate his 8 children, with the iron lace wraparound verandahs added to transform it into a grand villa and lived there until his death in 1905. The subsequent owner Archeson Overend sold it in 1925 whereupon it underwent the fate of so many grand Victorian houses and was divided in two with the south end becoming a nursing home and later the other part a convent for the nearby Lady Of Victories Church.

Although it escaped Occupation by the army in WWII its immediate neighbour, a rambling bungalow also called Cintra housed the US Army’s photographic laboratory.

In the 1970s high profile developer Noel Kratzmann bought it and undertook its restoration to a fine family home, which, after a brief stint in the 1980s as Cintra Galleries, it remains today.

Cintra House 

23 Boyd St

Bowen Hills

Map

23 Boyd St Bowen Hills

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Spend an Evening with NIGELLA LAWSON when she comes to Brisbane direct from London's West End
Get set for an unforgettable night of guitar mastery
NICKELBACK are bringing their massive Feed The Machine to Brisbane this summer
British crime queen Lynda La Plante is coming to Brisbane for one night
Tom Gleeson, one of Australia’s favourite comedians is bringinn Joy to Brisbane
Single Asian Female, Michelle Law’s sassy, smash-hit comedy about family, returns to La Boite Theatre
This fascinating exhibition explores the history of the Australian South Sea Islanders
Leading Australian Baroque artist Sara Macliver joins Camerata
Brisbane Comedy Festival returns in 2019 with an all-star line-up of Australian and international comedians