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Jessie's Cottage

Location: 18 Jessie Lane, Murphy's Creek QLD 4352, Australia
Phone: 4630 5703

Cottage was built by Scottish immigrant William Taylor in 1899 after he purchased the land for 40 Pounds.

In the 1950s, the property was purchased by the Dodt family. William's daughter, Jessie Taylor, was allowed to remain in the cottage until her death in 1966; she is buried in Toowoomba.

Afterwards, the cottage was left until it deteriorated to what was considered 'beyond repair' and the land was purchased in 1992 by the former Gatton Shire Council for use as a recreational ground. At this time some local concerned citizens began to seek funding to restore the cottage. After much disappointment, the group eventually received a grant from Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund.

The cottage was lovingly restored by local craftsmen and tradesmen and was refurnished in the style of the 1930s and 1940s. The cottage opened to the public as a house museum in 1998. Many of the descendants of the Taylor family attended the official opening and shared stories and recollections.

Those who remember Jessie describe her as a shy lady who lived as a recluse and led an eccentric life. Her house was simple and sparse but she kept it scrupulously clean. One common recollection is of Jessie taking her wheelbarrow to the local store for her shopping; even if all she had to buy was some minor small item.

Jessie never married and had few visitors, but she was popular with the local children, attending every event possible at the local school. If the light was on, Jessie was reportedly there, dancing all night with the children and staying on afterwards to help clean up.

Jessie often lived on food given to her by the locals and she collected the roots of wild carrots, fruit from her trees, and preserved dates from the date palm in front of her house.

As far as anyone knows, the first time Jessie left Murphys Creek was when she was taken to hospital shortly before she died in the 1960s.

Jessie’s Cottage stands as a reminder of times gone by. As well as learning more about Jessie and the Taylor family, visitors can view a selection of artefacts and learn more about the history of Murphys Creek.

Disabled access available.

Groups welcome, bookings are recommended.

Hours: Saturday 10:00am until 1:00pm and Sunday 10:00am until 3:00pm by Gold Coin Donation

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Description

A restored and preserved house museum open to the public.

Directions

Within the township of Murphy's Creek, cross the railway line and turn left onto Dodt's Road. Drive along the length of Murphy's Creek Ground and follow the road around to the right onto Jessie Lane. You will see the cottage on your right. Parking is available at the back of the cottage.

Jessie's Cottage

18 Jessie Lane, Murphy's Creek QLD 4352, Australia, Murphys Creek