Historic Queensland weather observatory hits the market

first_imgCromahurst Observatory Source: Queensland Heritage RegisterJones’ worked at the Queensland Meteorological Bureau before moving to the family farm, where he continued his daily weather recordings, and “achieved lasting recognition” after recording the highest daily rainfall in Australia (907mm) at Crohamhurst in February 1893. That record still stands. And there are new appliances in the kitchenThe observatory consists of three large rooms, and one small storage room, original benches and a functioning toilet and hand basin. It is currently a registered not-for-profit, but could be respectfully redesigned as a second dwelling, dual living for extended family, or even a unique Airbnb rental.The Queenslander house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, casement windows and French doors, VJ walls, airconditioning, a spacious kitchen with new appliances and has been freshly painted.It also has satellite internet, an aerial signal booster for mobile phone, a home phone line, five water tanks and other features. On the block, there is also established gardens and fruit trees. All eyes are currently on Cyclone Owen, which is currently in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Source: Himawari 8 via Bureau of Meteorology 1952: Inigo Jones Source: UnknownBut true recognition and support for his work came in the late 1920s, according to the heritage register. He died in 1954 but was regarded by his biographer, Tim Sherratt, as Australia’s “weather prophet”.His protege, Lennox Walker, also a respected long-range weather forecaster, continued his work in to the 1990s.Property records show the observatory, the house and the land was then sold by Robert Lennox Walker in a “family sale” to his son Hayden Walker, also a long-range weather forecaster, in 1998. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Tropical Cyclone Owen tracking Advice Number 20 issued at 5.15am ACST Thursday, December 13 2018. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoCrohamhurst Observatory, which is no longer in use, was heritage listed in 2008, and was sold to Ross and Emma Tindall in 2009, and was recently listed for sale.Mr Tindall said they were drawn to the property because of the classic Queenslander-style house and the history attached to the observatory. The property is listed with Sandra de Jersey of Re/max First Caloundra. Inigo JonesAccording to the Queensland Heritage Register, the site is important as it “demonstrated the role of weather observing and recording in the history of Queensland”.center_img Aerial view of the property“The thing that always comes to mind is that rainfall record,” he said. “And it still stands.“Since we have been here we have had maybe about 260mm in one day so 907mm is amazing.“When Cyclone Oswald came through (in 2013) we had about 900mm in six days.”Cyclone Oswald formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria on January 21, 2013, making landfall at Kowanyama as a category one storm just six hours later. Downgraded to a low, it then turned south, running almost parallel to the Queensland coast and in to NSW, causing widespread flooding.Cyclone Owen is currently located in the Gulf of Carpentaria and a category three storm.It is expected to make landfall between Kowanyama and Gilbert River Mouth as a category three or four severe storm early tomorrow, adopting a south-easterly track — eerily similar to Cyclone Oswald.Mr Tindall remembers Cyclone Oswald well, having kept weather records of his own during his time at Crohamhurst.As for the observatory, it remains “untouched”.“It is the size of a small house but we didn’t really know what to do with it,” he said. “My wife is a silversmith and set up in one part of the observatory and I had my model trains in another part.”The property comes with a house with a wraparound deck and the heritage-listed observatory on 1.33 hectares. The house at 131 Crohamhurst RdTHE former headquarters of one of Queensland’s most respected long-range weather forecasters is on the market.Located at 131 Crohamhurst Rd, Crohamhurst south of Maleny, the property known as Crohamhurst Observatory was built in 1935 by Inigo Jones, and was used as the site of solar and planetary observations, and weather measurements, that were used in Jones’ forecasting services. The Tindalls have done some work on the house, including installing a woodburning stove and insulated the ceiling But with two young children, the Tindall’s are now keen to downsize and move closer to schools, amenities and job opportunities.“It would really suit a treechanger or retired couple,” he said. They added a wood stove for warmthlast_img read more

Overseas-based Guyanese drowns during family outing

first_imgOverseas-based Guyanese Ravindra Bufhraj, also called “Rick,” of Lot X 7 Amla Avenue, Prashad Nagar, Georgetown, reportedly drowned on Sunday, July 15, while jet-skiing in the Demerara River in the vicinity of Coverden, East Bank Demerara.The 46-year-old had reportedly arrived in Guyana with his wife and daughter on July 7, and a family outing was subsequently planned to Santa Mission, Kamuni River, Region Three.This family, along with relatives, travelled to Jettoo’s Sawmill wharf at Block ‘Y’ Coverden, EBD on Sunday, where they joined a speed boat which took them to an Amerindian reservation. They reportedly returned at about 17:00h.Wanting some more fun, Bufhraj and a friend mounted a jet-ski and went for a ride in the Demerara River. Bufhraj reportedly lost control of the jet-ski a short while after, resulting in both men falling into the Demerara River. Upon realising what had taken place, several persons rushed to their rescue with a boat. Unfortunately, only the friend was rescued, there was no sign of the overseas-based Bufhraj.Panting for breath, the rescued man was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, while a search was launched to find the missing Bufhraj. After several hours of looking, the search party came up empty-handed.The search continued on Monday, but up to late that evening, the body was yet to be recovered.last_img read more