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Alfred John Best whose family pioneered the Horse Drawn Coach Service from Brisbane to Sandgate in the 1860’s married Lucina Emma Bennett in 1893, a daughter of a pioneering dairy family at The Gap.

The Bennett farm was opposite the now Ashgrove Golf Club and extended to The Gap Tavern area.

The “Bests” established the “Sweet Home Dairy” at Lizzie Terrace Estate near Rainworth School site. In 1901 they purchased acreage, portion of 106 acres granted to H. H. Payne by the colony of New South Wales, a small portion of which is now occupied by The Payne Road State School.

They reared five children — when they were old enough, they helped with the running of the dairy, such as cultivating feed, milking and delivering warm milk to the Bardon area twice daily in a horse-drawn milk cart emblazoned with “Fresh Country Milk and Cream”.

Lucina passed away in 1926 aged 57 years, and in 1934 Alfred leased the property (when it became known as “Sheps Place” with the best swimming pool in the district) Alfred returned in 1938 and remained there until his death in 1948.

When the property was subdivided, the Trustees of the Estate donated portion to the Council for the people of The Gap which is known known as the Alfred and Lucina Best Park.

The Best quilt panel was worked by Shirley and May, wives of Bruce and Doug Best – grandsons of Alfred and Lucinda.

 

  • Alf Best and grandson Merv Kay

    Alf Best with his grandson Merv Kay in the 1940s.

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  • Alf Best milking cows

    Alf Best milking his cow at “Sweet Home Dairy”.

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  • Alf Best’s Diary

    Alf Best with his cows on “Sweet Home Dairy” on Payne Road. These photos taken in the 1940s show the farm’s post and rail fences. Alf Best was married to Ellen Fanning’s sister Lucina.

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  • Alf Best’s Diary

    Horse Mona poses at Alf Best’s Sweet Home Diary in the early 1940s with the barn in the background on the left.

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  • Alf Best’s Sweet Home Dairy

    Farm horse Mona at Alf Best’s “Sweet Home Dairy” in Payne Road. The sulky shed can be seen on the left and the fowl run at the rear.

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  • Alfred and Lucina Best’s home

    Alfred and Lucina Best’s home in Payne Road photographed in the early 20th century. The house is still in existence in 2000 on the west side of the Payne Road “Cubbyhouse” childcare centre.

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  • Alfred Best

    Alfred John Best aged 71 at Payne Road. Alfred Best was born in Sandgate, 1869 and died in 1948 at age 79.

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  • Alfred Best and grandson Bill Best

    Alfred John Best with his grandson Bill Best near Payne Road in the late 1930s.

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  • Alfred Best delivering milk 1910

    Alfred Best delivering milk with horse and wagon from the family’s Sweet Home Dairy.

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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best, 1869-1848. This photograph was taken in the 1940s with the diary’s cream shed in the background.

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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best, 1869-1948. This photograph taken in the early 1940s in the garden of his home Payne Road home.

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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best on his Payne Road farm with daughter Rose, friend Jean Barber and grandson Doug Best.

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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best smoking his pipe in the front garden wearing a traditional grey flannel shirt.

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  • Alfred John Best and Family

    Alfred John Best (on the left) pictured with his 1942 Cher utility and his son Reg Best, grandson Doug Best holding grand-daughter Julie Best.

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  • Alfred John Best and grandsons

    Alfred John Best in the 1930s at his Payne Road home with his grandsons, Bill Best (back left), Doug Best (left front) and Mervyn Kay (right front).

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  • Best Family and Friends

    Family and friends gather at the Best’s property on Payne Rd in the early 1940s.

    BACK ROW L -R. TED FARMER, DORIS BESTOWS BEST, ROSE KAYE (Cocky “JOE”) SYD.ERSKINE EDGAR LEVITT, MERV KAYE, ALF BEST, MURIEL BEST, REG BEST.

    CENTRE BILL BROWN, KEITH BEST, DOUG BEST.

    BOTTOM JOYCE BEST, (Friend ? ) DAME BEST, LAWRENCE BEST.

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  • Best property

    The back paddock of the Best property in Payne Road beside Enoggera Creek.

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  • Bill and Grace Best

    Bill Best with his future wife Grace pictured beside Payne Road, which was an unsealed dirt road in the early 1940s.

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  • Bill Best and future wife Grace Simpson

    Bill Best and his future wife Grace Simpson on the corner of (what is now) Kernel Street and Payne Road with the view outbound towards the Best Property.

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  • Bill Best beside 1937 Chev

    Bill Best beside a 1937 Chev with his sister Irena on the right and Alice, a cousin of the Cummins girls on the left.

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  • Bill Best riding Mona

    Bill Best riding Mona on his grandfather’s dairy in Payne Road. The cream shed is visible on the left.

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  • Daphne Best

    Daphne Best, the daughter of Les Best, doing the washing at Grandma Best’s home. This was the era of the bush clothes prop (before the invention of Hills hoists). The bush clothes prop was a long (2.5-metre) tree branch, with a vee at the top, used to prop up a clothesline.

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  • Doug Best

    Doug Best holding a stock whip at his grandfather’s farm on Payne Road.

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  • Doug Best

    Doug Best relaxing in the front yard of his grandfather’s home in Payne Road.

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  • Doug Best and Mona

    Doug Best riding Mona in front of the stockyard fence of “Sweet Home Dairy”. The far side of the fence seen in the background is now the entrance to Payne Road School.

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  • Doug Best and Mona

    Doug Best with horse Mona at the side of the “West Home Dairy” barn.

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  • Doug Best riding Mona

    Doug Best riding Mona at Alf Best’s “Sweet Home Dairy” farm.

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  • Doug Best riding Mona

    Doug Best around 15 years old, riding Mona at Sweet Home Dairy on Payne Road.

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  • Doug Best riding Mona

    Doug Best riding Mona behind the bush house at “Sweet Home Dairy”.

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  • Doug Best with children

    Merv Kay (far right) with Doug and May Best and their children Julie and Roy enjoying the view from horseback. Merv’s Model A Ford can be seen in the background

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  • Earle Homesite

    This photograph of an unsealed and dusty Payne Road was taken around 1949 and  looks west to the Earle homesite, “Fairearth” which in 2001 is located at the corner of Whitehead Road. The large fig tree seen in the upper left of the photo was located opposite what is now known as Blucher Avenue.

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  • Earle Property View

    Looking east from the Earle property “Fairearth”. This location is nearby the area known to modern residents as Whitehead Rd. You can see a glimpse of unsealed Payne Road with Alf Best’s home amongst the trees in the upper left.

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  • Essie and Lola Best Feeding Chooks

    Essie (the wife of Ossie Best) and her daughter Lola Best feeding the chickens.

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  • Gardening Team at Glenlyon House

    The gardening team enjoying morning tea at Glenlyon House in Glenlyon Drive. Reg Best is the 2nd from left.

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  • Grace Simpson

    Grace Simpson sitting at the front of the Best family property in Payne Road with the home of Ossie Best in the background.

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  • Grace Simpson riding Mona

    Grace Simpson riding Mona on the Best property, Payne Road. The cultivation area on the flat can be seen in the background and Enoggera Creek is behind the tree line.

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  • James Campbell at Sweet Home Dairy

    James Campbell standing near the milk separator shed of  “Sweet Home Dairy”. This location is 50 yards off Payne Road where the Payne Road School is today.

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  • Les and Doris Best and children

    Les and Doris Best pictured with their children, Daphne and Keith (in the back), and Lawrence and Joyce (in the front).

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  • Lillian Best

    Lillian Best, daughter of Alfred Ernest and Margaret Best playing under the family home on the corner of Waterworks and Settlement Road. Old-school old washing tubs can be seen the left and a gorgeous cane dolls pram.

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  • Lily Best on family property

    Lily Best at the family property on the corner of Greenlanes Road. TheKerr & Quarry rock crusher is visible in the back left, across Waterworks Road. The Alexander Bailey house and Post Office can be seen in the upper right. The Wyatt’s house is in the centre background. The corn growing on the adjoining property was used for feed for the Best family farm animals.

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  • Local Lads

    Local lads having some fun in the garden of the Best home in Payne Road; Edgar Levitt (left), Syd Erskine (right) and Ted Farmer (the son of Gap Bus Proprietor, Bill Farmer, at the front).

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  • Lucina and Alfred Best’s home

    Rose Kay’s cockatoo Joey photobombed this photograph of the eastern end of Lucina and Alfred Best’s home in Payne Road.

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  • Lucina and Leslie Best

    Professional portrait of Emma Best (nee Bennet) with her son Leslie Herbert Best, taken around 1915.

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  • Merv Kay

    Merv Kay with his grandfather Alf Best, both looking very handsome in their Sunday best. Photograph taken in the late 1920s.

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  • Merv Kay 1940

    Home on leave, around 1940, a young Merv Kay shows the family his uniform.

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  • Merv Kay and his mother Rose

    Merv Kaywith his mother Rose at Payne Road in the 1940s.

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  • Merv Kay on Sweet Home Dairy

    Merv Kay with his cows on “Sweet Home Dairy”. In the background is the neighbouring Stanley property to the west.

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  • Merv Kay’s Telegraph

    Merv Kay receives his birthday telegram whilst serving with the B.C.O.F. in Kure, Japan after the end of WW II.

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  • Mervyn Kay

    This photo of Mervyn Kay in the early 1940s is proof that cowboy boots never go out of style.

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  • Mervyn Kay

    Mervyn Kay riding on Payne Road in the early 1940s.

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  • Mervyn Kay and Lillian Best

    Mervyn Kay and Lillian Best pictured on the steps of Grandad Alf Best’s Honey Room on his Payne Road property.

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  • Mervyn Kay’s home

    Mervyn Kay’s home at 181 Payne Road with a Jowett Javelin car out front. Mervyn’s grandparents’ (Alfred and Lucina Best) home can be seen in the background.

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  • Muriel Best

    Muriel Best, the wife of Reginald Walter Best, photographed in the 1920–30s.

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  • Muriel Prackert

    Muriel Prackert, the future wife of Reginald Walter Best, looking beautiful in her best Sunday dress.

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  • Ossie Best

    Oswald Arthur Best 1912 – 1983. This photograph taken around 1979. Ossie was the youngest son of Alfred and Lucina Best, Payne Road, The Gap.

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  • Ossie Best and his nephew Merv Kay

    Ossie Best and his young nephew Merv Kay.

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  • Ossie Best and Rosie Stanley

    Ossie Best with Rosie Stanley who lived next door. The Stanley family owned the adjoining farm on the western boundary of the Best property on Payne Road.

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  • Ossie Best riding with Fluffy

    Ossie Best at his father’s “Sweet Home Dairy”, riding past the barn with Fluffy on the bike and Bluey running beside him. The diary separator room can be seen on the right.

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  • Payne Road 1930s

    View from Payne Road in the late 1930s near the Campbell residence and looking outbound. The Best homestead and farm buildings can be seen at the crest of the hill on the right hand side of the road. Paten Road is visible running off to the left.

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  • Reg and Muriel Best with sons Doug and Bill

    Reg and Muriel Best with their sons Doug on the left and Bill in the front.

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  • Reg Best on horseback

    Reg Best riding a horse. His home on corner of Payne and Moggill Roads can be seen in the background.

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  • Reg Best with his two horses

    Reg Best with his two horses, Robyn and Diamond in front of the “Sweet Home Dairy” sulky shed.

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  • Rosanna Lucina Kay’s Home

    The home of Rosanna Lucina Kay, daughter of Alfred and Lucina Best at 185 Payne Road.Rosanna’s home was named “Home” and her son Mervyn lived at 181 Payne Road.

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  • Rose Kay

    Rose Kay in the paddock at Payne Road with her cockatoo Joey and Mona the horse in the 1930s.

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  • Rose Kay and Joey

    Rose Kay with Joey the cockatoo in the front garden of her parents’ home in Payne Road.

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  • Rose Kay riding Mona

    Rose Kay (nee Best) riding Mona on Payne Road. As you may have noticed, Mona is one of the most photographed members of the Best family.

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  • Rose Kay with Joey

    Rose Kay (nee Best) with her cockatoo Joey.

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  • Rose Kay’s cockatoo Joey

    Rose Kay's cockatoo Joey on a bicycle in Ossie Best's driveway on Payne Road looking inbound towards Kernel Street, circa 1940s.

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  • Rose Kay’s Home

    Home of Rose Kay, located on “Sweet Home Dairy” property in Payne Road. Rose Kay is the daughter of Alfred and Lucina Best, and mother of Merv Kay.

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  • Sweet Home Dairy property

    On the banks of Enoggera Creek at Alf Best’s “Sweet Home Dairy” in Payne Road.

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  • The Gap Cemetery 1930s

    Buried in this row are the graves of three children of Joseph and Rosanna Bennett: Ellen Fanning, Lucina Best, Alfred Bennett (with tombstones). The Cowan family graves are in the fenced area in the background.

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  • William and Sarah Todd

    Portrait of William and Sarah (nee Black) Todd, grandparents of Bruce and Lilly Best. The couple emigrated to Australia in 1910 and later moved to Fletcher Parade where Sarah operated a small dairy and milk run. William had a horse and cart and worked on road repair.

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