Carroll House Moving To Character Precinct In Rosewood

Carroll House
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Carroll House, a 116-year old house in Goodna will be relocated to a character precinct in Rosewood, Ipswich to make way for a fast-food development.


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The relocation of Carroll House comes following the approval of a material change of use application for 16 Queen Street, Goodna. The site will soon become the location of a new KFC outlet.

The iconic house will soon be moved to 3 Unnamed Road, Rosewood, a vacant site located within the Character Areas Housing Zone.

According to Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Mayor Teresa Harding, the house had been listed by the previous council under Schedule 3 “Identified Places of Interest.”

This means that the house would be conserved but it did not give council mandatory protection requirements on the site.

“Unfortunately, previous planning decisions about the Carroll House meant this council was left with no power to compel the owner to retain the property on the Queen Street site,” Mayor Harding said.

Photo credit: David Martin: Ipswich/Facebook

“The previous council had already decided that Queen Street would form part of a future commercial zone in Goodna, effectively sealing the fate of the Carroll House.”

To ensure that the city’s heritage can be protected in the future, Ipswich City Council is now in the process of drafting a new planning scheme.

“As part of this process, the Ipswich community will be able to put its views forward on where development should occur in our city,” Mayor Harding said.

Residents who would like to have their say about the new Ipswich planning scheme may visit https://www.shapeyouripswich.com.au/

About the Carroll House

Photo credit: David Martin: Ipswich/Facebook

Carroll House is a pre-1946 dwelling originally built for John and Mary Carroll, former head teachers at Redbank Plains. The couple, along with their nine children (seven sons and two daughters) lived in the property for around 40 years.

In 2012, a historical marker was installed for the house, as an initiative of the Council. 

“This was once the home of Mary Carroll who purchased the land in 1906. Mary and her husband John Carroll were well known and well respected within the community,” the plaque reads.


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Two of their sons, Edward and Daniel, were well-known theatrical and cinema managers during their time. Edward and Daniel later joined with others to form the cinema company Birch, Carroll and Coyle. It’s said that Mrs Carroll loved entertaining guests of her sons within the house.