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  • 600184
  • 18 Tarranalma Avenue, Clayfield


State Heritage
Register status
Date entered
21 October 1992
Residential: Villa
6.4 Building settlements, towns, cities and dwellings: Dwellings
Construction period
1890, Tarranalma (1890 - 1890)
Historical period
1870s–1890s Late 19th century


18 Tarranalma Avenue, Clayfield
Brisbane City Council
-27.42507663, 153.04823383


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

As evidence of the confidence of the 1880s boom.

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

As characteristic of the large houses built on the hills to the northeast of the city and stylistically similar to contemporary houses such as Monte Video and Verney.


This two-storeyed brick house was built in 1890 for James Milne of the firm Smellie & Co. Although no architect is known, the house has many similarities to Verney by Richard Gailey.

In 1910 Milne offered Tarranalma as a possible government house, but his price was too high. In 1919 he sold the property to George Logan who was a prominent pastoralist. Originally it stood in some 12 acres (4.8 hectares) of grounds but from 1926 to 1929 Logan subdivided and sold off most of the property.

After the death of his widow Susan in 1963, the house was converted into seven flats. In 1984 Tarranalma was sold to its present owners who have restored it as a family home.


Tarranalma is a large two-storeyed house built in rendered brick with a corrugated iron roof. The house is surrounded by 8 feet (2.4 metres) wide verandahs on both floors, which are interrupted by four double-storey projecting bays featuring bow windows.

On the ground floor the square core contains the drawing, breakfast, dining and billiard rooms around a central hallway. The hallway leads to the substantial service wing which includes the kitchen, two large pantries, two bedrooms and a bathroom. A large staircase between the dining and billiard rooms leads to four large bedrooms which repeat the layout of the main rooms below. Above the service wing are five smaller bedrooms linked to the service rooms by a staircase at the far end of the wing.

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Location of Tarranalma within Queensland
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Last updated
20 January 2016
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