jim donald house
Jim Donald House is a fine example of a workers cottage. The style first appeared in the 1890s and continued into the early 1900s.
It is named for Jim Donald, an Ipswich resident who had a long career in the union and Labor movements. He was born at Redbank in 1895.
Working in the mining industry, he served as a union representative, later holding the position of Vice President of the Queensland Colliery Employees Union in 1940, 1942 and 1943 and Secretary from 1943 to-1945.
In 1946, Jim Donald was elected to State Parliament to represent Ipswich. He served the Labor Party in both Government and Opposition and retired in 1969.
The weather-board house features a pitched roof with a bull-nose front over the verandah. The interior walls remain in their original unpainted condition. Instead, the vertical tongue and groove pine boards are stained as was the fashion of the time it was built.
The house originally stood at Redbank before being moved to the Kholo Mining Museum in the late 1980s. It was later relocated to the Cooneana Heritage Centre with the generous support of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).
The house features furniture and artifacts of the period of its early occupation.
The house is open for inspection by visitors during Cooneana opening times.