The home of the founder of a key sugar mill in the rum and sugar heartland. has its own ballroom – and it was used often.A HOME built for a sugar baron linked to two Queensland icons – sugar and rum – has hit the market complete with its own ballroom. Known as the Old Cran Home, the 120-year-old sprawling historic home in Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, was built for John Cran after his family founded the historic Millaquin mill. Perfect spot to laze about on a Sunday afternoon.It’s also significant because it was designed by one of the areas most prominent architects Frederic Herbert Faircloth “who was responsible for the design of many major buildings in Bundaberg, as well as rebuilding a significant portion of the Childers CBD following a fire in 1902”.The house was restored by current owner Peter Thompson, who owned the historic home for 22 years before deciding to put it on the market. This house was built for the Cran family who started one of the region’s historic mills. Source: CoreLogicMr Cran, his brother Robert Junior and father Robert had started the Millaquin sugar mill in 1882, with the sprawling homestead built in 1896 – nine years after the first Bundaberg rum was bottled.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoBundaberg has recognised the home as being of key significance to the region. Source: CoreLogic.The house has verandas running north and east around a projecting entry to the home, and according to government records the sugar baron would host balls at the property – thus the highly polished ballroom. The current owners have done a sympathetic renovation to modernise the homeThe home which sits on the corner of Bourbong and Hope Streets was recognised as being of great importance to the sugar and rum heartland because of the Crans contribution to development of the sugar industry and establishment of one of its largest refineries. The ballroom floor is still polished after all these years. Source: CoreLogic.Verandas which run north and east off a projected entry to the house contained built in seating for such occasions.“These seats were utilised by smokers during balls held on the property,” the Bundaberg records said. The home hosted many balls. Source: CoreLogicThe ballroom also has bay window, fireplace and ceiling roses and the five bedroom home also has a morning room with fireplace and chandelier in place and a more recent addition of an inground pool.
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32 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise. 32 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise has sold for $1.99 million.A RARE “entry-level” property on a prestigious Gold Coast street has changed hands for almost $2 million.A Gold Coast buyer snapped up the property at 32 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise for $1.99 million before its scheduled auction.The location — on Cronin Island — is considered one of the most exclusive enclaves on the Gold Coast.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago32 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.Ray White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo handled the sale.“This three-bedroom three-bathroom property oozes enormous potential to be redesigned into a luxurious architectural masterpiece which will be the envy of this elite neighbourhood,” Mr Gou said.“With a sturdy structure already in place, there is an unrivalled opportunity for building up.”The house is on a 739sq m property with wide waterfrontage.