Pechey Homestead at Listening Ridge, Pechey is a working farm located between Hampton and Crows Nest (40 km north of Toowoomba) and about two kilometres off the New England Highway, near the historic town of Pechey. The farm is 280 acres and includes a forestry stand of hardwoods and a stand of hoop pine, each stand is about 30 acres. Of importance is a reserve of 11 acres of Dry Vine Scrub which is under environmental management with support from a SEQ Water Grant. A herd of Black Angus cattle graze the fertile pastures.
Built in 1921 for the Pechey family, the residence used local timber - iron bark, Australian cedar, silky oak and hoop, sourced from the Albert Mill at Pechey. With extensive (around 2 acres) and well-kept gardens, the residence sits high on "Listening Ridge" with panoramic views across the valley to Crows Nest and down into the Brisbane Valley. Adjacent to the residence is a large tract of remnant sub-tropical vine scrub, which offers environment walks and great bird watching.
Owners John O'Brien and Elizabeth Pechey have recently refitted the two accomodation cottages and welcome guests to share their high county farm.
Pechey homestead - Great accommodation, Birdwatching, farm and native animals, working farm, perfect retreat
Edward Wilmot Pechey was born in Colchester England in 1841 travelling to Newcastle in 1857 and then to Brisbane in 1859, working for the Surveyor-General on the survey of the Downs. He established the Albert sawmill at what became known as Pechey in the 1860's. He married Ellen Bond in 1872 and built a house on the hill above the mill.
In 1893 financial depression left Pechey technically bankrupt. His son's William Wilmot and Alfred Edward travelled to WA and worked for the Canning Jarrah timber mills until their return in 1904 upon the death of Edward Wilmot. They built a new mill at Mt Binga, however after Williams death in 1915 Alfred wound up the Pechey estate and the mill at Pechey was closed in 1924. Alfred had turned to farming and established a farm on the eastern part of the estate, building a new house which he called Listening Ridge in 1921.
In time Alfred's two sons, Peter and William Ronald took over running of the farm until Peter left in the 1960's.William Ronald died in 1986 being survived by his wife Shirley and four daughters. William Ronald and Shirley"s youngest daughter Elizabeth with husband John recently recovered the termite damaged garage converting it to a historical studio which captures the history of Pechey and the Pechey family. The studio known as "Gill's studio" is managed by Elizabeth's sister, Gillian.