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Cominos House is a typical Queenslander and one of the most well-known and best-loved buildings in the Far North Queensland City of Cairns, Australia.
The high set timber home is a typical example of a middle-class residence from the end of the 19th century. Originally, it stood at the corner of Abbott and Florence Streets, on the then outskirts of Cairns, a site which today is occupied by the Holiday Inn. Copy of property deed 1899.
Early council records indicate that the house was built in 1877. Architectural features, such as the 'Union Jack' verandah balustrading, are typical of the time.
The house was built by Mr. Alfred Street, a builder and member of the first Cairns Council and let to tennants,
In 1921 the block was subdivided and the house was sold to William McDonald Forbes, who lived here with his family until 1927.
The Forbes' Family
In 1927 Mr. George Comino bought the Forbes’ house for £1,255 which was then a very significant amount of money. It served as a home to his family and relatives for almost 40 years, until its relocation to the present site in 1988, when the land was sold for development.
The timber home was offered to the Cairns City Council for relocation, and was moved to its present position on the corner of Greenslopes and Little Streets for use as a community centre. It is currently being conserved as authentically as possible and maintained by 'Friends of Cominos House'.
The Relocation: -
In a combined effort by Cairns City Council, the Cominos Family and Volunteers the building was relocated in Greenslopes Street in September 1988 where it was restored and eventually occupied by a group of Community Arts and Environment organisations.
The House and its history has inspired renowned Cairns based artist Ludji Peden to produce a watercolor painting of the building which is available as framed prints or postcards. Ross Originals have also reproduced an image of the house for embroidery.
Please visit the relocation page for more details on moving the building. Current floor plans and museum location are also available.