A Strawberry Afternoon Tea Highgate Hill 1905

clubland figaro Queenskand 1905


Figaro August strawberry afternoon tea-7.jpg

Queensland Figaro, Thursday 17th august 1905 via TROVE

smelling salts bottle

A late Victorian smelling salts bottle

Vera was the daughter of Ernest and Annie Baynes. Ernest was one of three brothers who at one stage had around 30 butcher shops in Brisbane as well as other business interests including a factory in South Brisbane producing barrels, saddles and vehicles. At this time, the family were living in “Tarong” at the Hampstead Road end of Blakeney Street, although at this time its frontage was on Westbourne Street.

Highgate Hill residence Tarong in Brisbane ca. 1922

Tarong ca. 1922 (State Library of Queensland)

Some photos of the original fence can be seen in another post in this blog, Westbourne St. 1930s Architecture. Baynes Street, further up Hampstead Road, takes its name from the family, possibly Joseph Baynes, a brother of Ernest.

Tarong viewed from westbourne street
Tarong viewed from Westbourne St.

This house was built around 1877 for accountant John Stephens and originally called “Rochemount”. He was at one stage the manager of  ‘The Courier’ newspaper and ‘The Queenslander’ weekly magazine.

Both Ernest and Annie Baynes had been very active in the Brisbane Hunt Club in earlier days.

he Brisbane Hunt Club at the Royal Mail Hotel Goodna

The Brisbane Hunt Club at the Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna ca 1892. Ernest Baynes is 7th from the left. (State Library of Queensland)

A paddock used by the Baynes family for cattle holding was sold in 1887 to form part of the suburb of Greenslopes.

Ernest was president of the RNA and until 1920 ringmaster of the annual Brisbane Exhibition and a grandstand was named for him in 1923. A biography of the Baynes brothers can be found here.

ernest baynes stand

The Ernest Baynes Stand, Brisbane Exhibition Grounds

Being a flood plain, the West End/ Hill End area had soil that was very fertile, and many farms and orchards were established along the river bank.  Farms in the area offered a fixed price entry for people to go and pick strawberries.

Smelling salts have been around since Roman times. They became very popular in the Victorian era. This was perhaps due to the fashion of wearing very tightly laced corsets which could bring on a “the vapours” or mild anoxia. Poor nutrition and the stench from the primitive drainage of the period could also have contributed to the popularity of smelling salts.

The Rochemount entry in the Brisbane City Council Heritage Register

Tarong Highgate Hill

Tarong from the rear in Blakeney Street in 2016

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