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Kedron Lodge

  • 600238
  • 123 Nelson Street, Wooloowin


State Heritage
Register status
Date entered
21 October 1992
Residential: Villa
6.4 Building settlements, towns, cities and dwellings: Dwellings
Porter, Christopher
Petrie, John
Construction period
unknown, Kedron Lodge (built c1860s)
Historical period
1840s–1860s Mid-19th century


123 Nelson Street, Wooloowin
Brisbane City Council
-27.40884167, 153.0448083


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

Kedron Lodge is one of the original villa estates which was typical of many which were built on the fringe of Brisbane in the 1860s, but which have suffered since from suburban subdivision.

Criterion BThe place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage.

The building is a rare example of a substantial Colonial Gothic house built in stone in the early 1880s by Christopher Potter and John Petrie for Judge Lutwyche.

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

The building is a rare example of a substantial Colonial Gothic house built in stone in the early 1880s by Christopher Potter and John Petrie for Judge Lutwyche.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

Designed by less well known architect Christopher Potter and built by premier builder John Petrie, Kedron Lodge has harmonious form, style and fabric.

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.

Kedron Lodge is also significant as the home of Queensland's first Supreme Court judge after whom the suburb has been named.


Kedron Lodge was one of the first Brisbane dwellings designed by architect Christopher Potter. It was built by John Petrie, for the first judge of the Queensland Supreme Court, Alfred James Lutwyche (1810-80). The judge had purchased portion 18 of 35 acres (14 hectares) for £35 in January 1860. He established a very viable farm and orchard, and built stables to satisfy his horse-racing interests. He was an acknowledged gourmet and bon-vivant, as well as a leading Anglican and controversial judge.

William H Kent, a race-horse owner and grazier, was the next inhabitant from about 1890 to 1905. He added a ballroom to the house, established a noteworthy garden and utilised the stables. In subsequent years Kedron Lodge was rented till purchased by a Mr Walton, who was responsible for the subdivision of the estate.

From 1930-89 the Lodge was owned by the Catholic Church. During this era it was a home for priests, a convent and finally a youth refuge. The subsequent owners have stinted little in returning the home to its former status.


Kedron Lodge is a large two-storeyed dwelling of twenty rooms beside Kedron Brook. Built of sandstone from John Petrie's Albion Quarry, its irregular silhouette is created by several steeply pitched gable roofs and five brick chimneys. Decoration includes traceried bargeboards, window mouldings and the castellated parapet and mouldings on the ground floor faceted bay. The unshaded windows are multi-paned sash. A string course delineates the two floors. The entrance porch leads to a large square-shaped front hall which gives access to the cedar staircase and the cellar. The hall terminates at a longitudal gallery or hallway that connects the rear wings. Like Toorak House (600216), Kedron Lodge is an excellent example of the two-storeyed Gothic style residence.

The house occupies a corner position. On its left is a Catholic church and behind Kedron Lodge is the church hall. The grounds include a swimming pool but little planting.

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Last reviewed
1 July 2022
Last updated
20 February 2022