Home of Toowoomba’s first mayor listed for sale
MILLBROOK, the family home of Toowoomba's founding mayor William Henry Groom, has been listed for sale.
It was as built in the 1860s and first sat along Ruthven St, until it was moved to its current location at 9 Phillip St in 1901, after Mr Groom died.
Along with being our first mayor, Mr Groom was also the first Toowoomba member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.
He was a businessman involved in the foundation of the Toowoomba Grammar School, Toowoomba School of the Arts, Toowoomba Permanent Building Society and the Toowoomba Chronicle.
The family kept the historic home until the mid 1930s when custodianship of 'Millbrook' was passed to the Lieutenant-Colonel Allan Row.
He was a well-known military doctor who set up Toowoomba's first blood bank after World War II and ran the Greenslopes Hospital from a time.
He operated a private medical practice from Millbrook.
The closed-in northern veranda, known as the glass room, was partitioned and used as the surgery entrance and waiting room.
He converted what had been Mrs Groom's ensuite into a workshop.
Dr Row died in 1979 and his wife, Dorothy, was left with the house.
As she aged she struggled to maintain the massive garden which became over grown.
Due to its significant history, 'Millbrook' was added to the Queensland Heritage register in 2001.
It is now owned by the Public Trustee of Queensland.
The home sits on 2,428 sqm within 300m of the CBD.
It has four large main rooms, each with a fireplace and a bay window.
The front door retains a stunning stained glass window.
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