John and Chris Manning made the trip from Brisbane.
John and Chris Manning made the trip from Brisbane. Contributed

Open garden attracts special duo to historic home

WHEN Ross and Donna Fraser opened their garden to the public at the weekend, two surprise guests got a particularly special tour.

The Locke St property has been the Frasers' home for about 17 years, but long before they were there, it was owned by the Deconlays.

Mrs Fraser said John Manning and wife Chris made the trip from Brisbane to see the property where his great-grandfather Bertram Deconlay lived.

"John's grandfather married one of the two daughters of Bertram Deconlay - Lesley," she said.

"John knew quite a bit about the place from his grandfather."

The couple stumbled upon the open garden while researching family history.

"It's a nice thing to be able to show descendents the rooms," Mrs Fraser said.

"(They were shown) the room that we learned anecdotally was his great-grandfather's study and the room that would have been his grandmother's."

The Deconlays were not the original owners of the house but were the longest, living there from 1904-1944.

Bertram was a co-founder of PCG and Lesley was a first day pupil.

"They were interested to have a look at the house. I have some deeds and old photos of the house and photos of his great-grandfather I was able to show them," Mrs Fraser said.

"It's good to see the younger generation interested in family history."



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