Hanworth stands resplendent in her former 19th Century beauty after repairs, renovations and captivating restorations by owner Marisa Vecchio (2012). It fast became apparent that the system for identifying rooms for tenants from the Hospice days—plain old room numbers—begged for similar modernisation and upgrade as Hanworth began niche operations as accommodation for professionals.


Marisa envisioned that room names rather than numbers would add richness to the experience of living at Hanworth. The original idea was to name each room after  women who have somehow been linked to Hanworth's history. Charged with the job of finding those women, Marisa's friend Shelley Fitzgibbons immersed herself in the home's history, embarking on a research project that uncovered a history and heritage dripping with a richness and abundance none could have imagined. And Shelley became fondly referred to as Hanworth's "Accidental Historian".


The house, its residents and the intertwining of social and political environments over the years have revealed a seemingly endless pool of worthy women. A fascinating world of pioneering greatness and philanthropic values, friendship and family values, and most prominently the enduring human spirit that, despite adversity, never gives up. Such is the Hanworth spirit.


Enter the fascinating world of the Rooms of Hanworth and perhaps even find the room you would choose for your own stay.  Come journey through Hanworth's halls !


More details will be coming soon ….

  • Heath Wing


    The Heath Wing is the original handmade red brick part of Hanworth. This name honours Captain George Poynter Heath, who built ‘Hanworth’, as his family home, naming it after his hometown in Norfolk, England. It comprises all the north facing rooms on the front veranda of the home. See who has inspired the naming of the rooms and why here.

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    Wienholt Wing


    The Wienholt Wing is named for Mary Marguerite Wienholt nee Powell, who bought Hanworth in 1913 in memory of her mother and repurposed it into a home for elderly and impoverished women. The wing comprises the 1918 built timber extension on the west side, still with its original floor-plan configuration. But what of the room names? Find out about some of Hanworth’s greatest women here.

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    Norman Wing


    The Norman Wing is named for Norman Creek, which once formed the eastern boundary of Hanworth’s land. It is named for Sir Henry Wylie Norman (1826-1904) Qld Governor. The wing comprises the interwar masonry extension by Mary Wienholt and the eastern facing rooms of the original homestead. Be enthralled by the depth and character behind the naming of the rooms here.

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    Preston Wing


    The Preston Wing is named for the Preston family. Marisa Vecchio (nee Preston) bought Hanworth in 2012 dedicating it to the memory of her late mother Romana Preston (just as Mary Wienholt had done for her mother almost 100 years before). It also pays respects to other family members as well as Captain Heath’s family. Find out who and what here.


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East Brisbane Q 4169

07 3391 7311

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