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Tait Duke Cottage, which stood proud at the heart of Tewantin for close to a century, has been moved to its new home in Earl Street, Tewantin.

Contractor Wrights Brothers House Removals transported the old house from Wallace Park – its temporary home since 2009 – to Council land at Earl Street, Tewantin.

United Synergies and the Rotary Club of Noosa Heads joined forces to seek resources and coordinate the restoration and future use of the cottage, fulfilling its long-time owner Esme Tait’s wish of seeing it benefit the community.

It is envisaged that Tait-Duke House will provide meeting and activity spaces for a variety of community organisations and serve as an information hub for local support services.

The cottage was built at the corner of Poinciana Avenue and Sidoni Street, Tewantin, for Charles Tait and Emma Duke in 1919.

Family representative John Duke said Ms Tait was thrilled to see the house repurposed for the community. "She is delighted that our new Noosa Council is relocating her much-loved home to its permanent site in Earl Street where, after restoration, it will be utilised for the benefit of the Tewantin Community as she originally intended," he said.

The house was moved in sections. It will share the Earl Street site with Noosa Community Garden. Garden Co-ordinator Judy Pratt said the gardeners were looking forward to incorporating Tait-Duke Cottage into their site.

“We are excited by the prospect of working with other community groups and we look forward to not only re-establishing our garden but also to helping to develop and maintain heritage plantings around the house,” she said.

Noosa Council CEO Brett de Chastel said Council was pleased to provide the cottage a new home. “Tait-Duke House was a prominent landmark in the heart of Tewantin for close to a century and I’m pleased that we can fulfil Esme’s wish of seeing her historic home retained as an important part of the local community,” he said.

Jim Bennett (Rotary Club of Noosa Heads)
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TAIT DUKE HOUSE TAIT DUKE HOUSE originally situated corner Poinciana and Sidoni Streets...

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ESME TAIT and Family ESME TAIT and Family
Tait House TAIT DUKE HOUSE before renovation.
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