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Coochin Coochin Homestead

  • 600034
  • J Bell Road, Boonah


State Heritage
Register status
Date entered
21 August 1992
Pastoralism: Homestead
2.3 Exploiting, utilising and transforming the land: Pastoral activities
8.2 Creating social and cultural institutions: Cultural activities
Construction periods
1840–1920, Coochin Coochin Homestead (1840s circa - 1920s circa)
1840–1920, Coochin Coochin Homestead - Main House (1840s circa - 1920s circa)
1880, Coochin Coochin Homestead - Garage (1880s)
1880, Coochin Coochin Homestead - Meat House (1880s circa - 1880s circa)
unknown, Coochin Coochin Homestead - Haysheds
Historical period
1840s–1860s Mid-19th century


J Bell Road, Boonah
Scenic Rim Regional Council
-28.10543612, 152.62891494


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Criterion AThe place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history.

Coochin Coochin, established in 1842 as Dulhunty's Plain, was one of the earliest pastoral runs of the Moreton region. The earliest fabric at Coochn Coochin homestead dates to the 1840s. The place has strong historical significance as important evidence of the first wave of pastoral activity in Queensland (at that time the Moreton district of New South Wales), and is important in illustrating the evolution of the pastoral way of life in Queensland.

Criterion DThe place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places.

Coochin Coochin Homestead is a sprawling complex of structures, forms and landscaping elements, which retains a high degree of integrity and intactness. It is well maintained and is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places: early and evolving pastoral homesteads in Queensland. The main house (comprised of connected pavilions dating mainly from the 1840s, 1880s and the early 1900s), extensive garden, meat house and hay sheds, and the physical relationships between these elements, are important in illustrating a particular way of life associated with pastoral activity. Of special interest is a tree yard, famous for a series of plantings by distinguished 20th century visitors, initiated by Lord and Lady Chelmsford when they visited in 1907.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

The homestead complex occupies a picturesque setting amidst national parks, and the house sits within an attractive established garden. The homestead has been enhanced over 150 years of working life and is of strong aesthetic significance, engendered by its setting, its rustic forms and materials, and the juxtaposition of forms.

Criterion GThe place has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.

Coochin Coochin has a special association for the Queensland community as one of the earliest stations established in this State. The place is well-known in Queensland, and has been described in numerous heritage and history publications.

Criterion HThe place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland’s history.

The place is important for its association with the Bell family, who have owned Coochin Coochin since 1883, and have made a significant contribution to the development of Queensland pastoralism and agriculture. ET Bell was a prominent member of the community, serving as Member for Fassifern in the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 1913 to 1930, and on numerous boards. The Bells were renowned for their hospitality, attracting many distinguished visitors to Coochin Coochin through much of the 20th century.


In 1842, the area known as Delhunty's Plain was settled as a pastoral run by David Hunter and his partner James Fyffe. In 1844, the lease was transferred to John Kent, who was first to re-use the traditional name of Coochin Coochin. The main section of the homestead was constructed some time in the 1840s.The homestead was moved to its current position in 1871. In 1883, the property sold to James Thomas Marsh Bell, part owner of Camboon Station in the Dawson Valley acquired the property in partnership with F C Hyde. In the 1920s, Coochin Coochin Homestead became the social focus of the area, hosting many large parties and entertaining many notable visitors. From the end of the Second World War until 1965, Coochin Coochin operated as a small dairy with a maximum of sixty milking cows. The property is currently owned by the Bell family.


The summary information for this place is currently under review.

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Location of Coochin Coochin Homestead within Queensland
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Last updated
20 January 2016
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