29 June 2012

Australian Cinema Chain founder's Goodna home heritage listed

PIC:  Dot McGreevy, left, Jan Carroll and Cr Paul Tully unveil the heritage
plaque outside the original Carroll family home at Queen St Goodna.
A heritage plaque was unveiled Friday at Goodna to recognise the heritage listing of the former Carroll family home - of Birch Carroll and Coyle fame.

It was the original Ipswich home of Edward (Ted) Carroll (1868 - 1931) - one of the founders of the BCC Cinema Chain - and was built by his parents, schoolteachers from Redbank Plains, in 1906.

His granddaughter Jan Carroll came from Sydney for the event.

Ted Carroll and his brother Daniel were theatrical and cinema mangers and screened silent films in Ipswich, Brisbane and other parts of Queensland in the early 20th century.

Ted later joined G H Birch to form the original Birch Carroll partnership which later became the BCC chain.

The home at 16 Queen St Goodna was one of the entertainment focal points in Queensland with stars from the US glamour set and other Hollywood types visiting for dinners, balls and entertainment.

Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder - described by Sir Winston Churchill as "Scotland's greatest ever ambassador" - once visited the home at Goodna in 1925.

The current owner is Dot McGreevy, a lovely lady who has lived in this home in the main street of Goodna for 61 years.

"The next time you go to a plush Birch Carroll and Coyle cinema - remember it all started in downtown Goodna almost a century ago," Cr Tully said.

"Who would have ever thought that flood-ravaged Goodna was home to the birth of this iconic Australian cinema chain."

Brisbane Courier Monday 27 July 1925: searchTerm=harry

Harry Lauder says: "We had afternoon tea with 'Granny' Carroll at Goodna."

More early history of the Birch Carroll Coyle early days:


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