Oakwal House

Windsor

A highly aesthetic sandstone and slate villa dating from 1864, Oakwal, one time home to distinguished Queenslanders of note still holds a commanding position in centre of the cul de sac that was once its surrounding estate.

Built by the ubiquitous John Petrie, its architect was James Cowlishaw who was part of the 19th century political, judicial and social inner sanctum formed by the prominent Cowlishaw, Cockle and Palmer families.

Indeed the first owner – Justice James Cockle - hailed from one of these families and during his 15 year tenure as Chief Justice of Queensland used to walk daily to his chambers in the city, a striking figure in a white suit. During this time he was responsible for consolidating many of Queensland’s statutes. He and his wife were also fond of children and every year would hold a picnic on their estate for the local school children.

After Sir James left the colony at the end of the 1870s the house was leased to Sir Arthur Palmer (Premier of Qld from 1870-74 and later Acting Governor) until 1890. It was towards the end of his tenure that the house was sold to James Cowlishaw himself and despite having subdivided and sold off most of the estate, descendents have remained in the house over a hundred years later.

Oakwal House 

50 Bush St

Windsor

Map

50 Bush St Windsor

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Queensland’s largest vegan event is coming to the Brisbane Showgrounds
Queensland’s Three Tenors join the iconic Queensland Pops Orchestra
Eagle Farm Racecourse is the place to be this spring racing season
The Workshops Rail Museum is hosting its Open Day with FREE entry
A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s books
Step aboard The YOT Club super yacht for 90 minutes of high fashion on the high seas
Open Homes is theatre in a stranger's living room
Enjoy a ghoulishly fun night with the family this Halloween
Take a tour and traditional Japanese tea ceremony
CONTENT RESUMES ON SCROLL
ADVERTISEMENT