NEW ACCESSION: Survey, subdivision and estate sale plans for Glencairn Estate, Indooroopilly, 1920s-1960s

State Library of Queensland has recently acquired a set of survey, subdivision and estate sale plans for the Glencairn Estate, Indooroopilly:

The estate lies between the Brisbane River and Harts Road, Indooroopilly. The entire area was owned, before subdivision, by Henry Cooke Morrow, the Managing Director of Morrows Ltd, confectioners and biscuit makers, whose large factory was on the corner of Boomerang Street and Coronation Drive, Milton.

Henry Morrow was the son of the company’s founder Thomas Morrow who established the business in the late 19th century. The company was taken over by Arnott’s around 1960 to become Arnott Morrow (now Arnott’s).

Morrow’s house was called Glencairn and is shown in the plans as ‘Existing Dwelling’. It must have been built in the 1920s or 1930s, as it is not shown on the 1920 survey plan.

Henry Morrow died in December 1952. The initial subdivision plan of his property is also, coincidentally, dated December 1952, so clearly planning for the subdivision had already commenced prior to his death.

Dye line survey plan of the estate land by surveyor Harry Raff, dated August 1920, 46 cm x 34 cm:

Survey plan by Harry Raff, August 1920, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Survey plan by Harry Raff, August 1920, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Dye line survey of the subdivision of the estate by surveyor C. F. Bennett, dated December 1952, 70 cm x 45 cm:

Survey of the subdivision of the estate by surveyor C. F. Bennett, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Survey of the subdivision of the estate by surveyor C. F. Bennett, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

A smaller scale survey plan of the subdivision by surveyors C. F. Bennett and Francis, 42 x 33 cm:

A smaller scale survey plan of the subdivision by surveyors C. F. Bennett and Francis, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

A smaller scale survey plan of the subdivision by surveyors C. F. Bennett and Francis, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Lot plan for the Morrow Estate (=Glencairn Estate) by C. F. Bennett and Francis, 1950s, 38 x 25cm:

Lot plan for the Morrow Estate (=Glencairn Estate) by C. F. Bennett and Francis, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Lot plan for the Morrow Estate (=Glencairn Estate) by C. F. Bennett and Francis, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The printed estate sale brochure with prices of each lot recorded in ink, real estate agents John Frew & Co, and Sharp & Musgrave, 1960s, 39 x 25 cm:

Estate sale brochure with prices of each lot recorded in ink, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Estate sale brochure with prices of each lot recorded in ink, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

A later copy of the same brochure with inked prices in dollars and recording the purchasers of some of the lots, dated 1968:

A later copy of the same brochure with prices in dollars and recording the purchasers of some of the lots, dated 1968, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

A later copy of the same brochure with prices in dollars and recording the purchasers of some of the lots, dated 1968, Accession 31000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Veronika Farley – Original Content Librarian, State Library of Queensland