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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.

    Date: c. 1940s
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  • Alf Best milking cows

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

    Date: early 20th century
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  • Alf Best’s Diary

    Post and rail fences at Alf Best’s “Sweet Home Dairy” Payne Road, circa 1940s. Alf Best was married to Ellen Fanning’s sister Lucina and they lived opposite each other in Payne Road.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Alf Best’s Diary

    A typical farmyard scene at Alf Best’s “Sweet Home Diary” showing the barn on the left. Circa early 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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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

    Early 20th century view of Alfred and Lucina Best’s home in Payne Road. This home is still in existence in 2000 on the western side of the Payne Road “Cubbyhouse” Infant and Toddler 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.

    Date: 1930s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Alfred Best delivering milk 1910

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

    Date: 1910
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best, 1869-1848. Cream shed in the background, circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Irena Arnold (nee Best)
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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best, 1869-1948, circa early 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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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.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Irena Arnold (nee Best)
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  • Alfred John Best

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

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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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.

    Date: c. 1947
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Alfred John Best and grandsons

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

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Best Family and Friends

    Circa 1940. Family and friends gather at Best’s property, Payne Rd.

    BACK ROW L -R. TED FARMER, DORIS BESTOWS BEST, ROSE KAYE (Cocky “JOE”) SYD.ERSE1NE 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.

    Date: c. 1940
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  • Best property

    Fun and games in the back paddock by Enoggera Creek on the Best property in Payne Road.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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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.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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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.

    Date: c. 1937
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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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 property in Payne Road. The cream shed is seen on the left.

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  • Daphne Best

    Daphne Best is pictured at Grandma Best’s trying to show an interest in the washing. This was the era of the bush clothes prop. (No Hills hoists.) Daphne is the daughter of Les Best.

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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.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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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.

    Date: c. 1941
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  • Doug Best riding Mona

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

    Date: 1940s
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  • Doug Best riding Mona

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

    Date: c. 1964
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Doug Best riding Mona

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

    Date: c. 1941
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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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

    Standing in dusty Payne Road looking west to the Earle homesite, “Fairearth” which in 2001 is situated at the cnr of Whitehead Road. The large fig tree on the upper left of the photo was situated opposite what is now known as Blucher Av. Circa 1949.

    Date: c. 1949
    Courtesy: Bau and Edwin Earle
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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.

    Date: c. 1948
    Courtesy: Bau and Edwin Earle
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  • Essie and Lola Best Feeding Chooks

    How many of you remember feeding the chooks as Essie and Lola Best are doing here? Remember the chooks having the run of the property much the same as the kids did. Remember going to the chook pen to get an egg for cooking when you needed one. Remember some of the aggressive roosters. What about the ones who laid their eggs up under the big lantana bushes just so it wasn't too easy for us. Doesn't going to Coles for eggs seem a bit mundane. Essie is the wife of Ossie Best and Lola is their daughter.

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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.

    Date: c. 1920
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Grace Simpson

    Grace Simpson pictured sitting at the front of the Best Property in Payne Road and looking across to the home of Ossie Best. Circa 1943.

    Date: c. 1943
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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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.

    Date: c. 1926
    Courtesy: Merv Campbell
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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.

    Date: c. 1927
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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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.

    Date: c. 1929
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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  • Local Lads

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

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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

    Lucina Emma Best (nee Bennet) pictured with her son Leslie Herbert Best, circa 1915.

    Date: c. 1915
    Courtesy: Bruce and Shirley Best
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  • Merv Kay

    Merv Kay pictured with his grandfather Alf Best. Circa late 1920s.

    Date: c. 1920s
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  • Merv Kay 1940

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

    Date: c. 1940
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  • Merv Kay and his mother Rose

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

    Date: 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

    As we all know there is nowhere in this world that you can hide from the inevitable human ageing process. Merv Kay receives his annual reminder 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.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Mervyn Kay

    NO, it’s not the wild west, the cowboy pictured in Payne Road in the early 1940s is Mervyn Kay.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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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.

    Date: c. 1925
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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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.

    Date: c. 1920–30s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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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.

    Date: c. 1979
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Ossie Best and his nephew Merv Kay

    Ossie Best and his young nephew Merv Kay.

    Date: c. 1920s
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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.

    Date: c. 1921
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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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

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

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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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.

    Date: c. 1920s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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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.

    Date: c. 1920s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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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 Mona the horse and her cockatoo Joey in the 1930s.

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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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.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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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 has ridden across Payne Road and stalled the bike in Ossie Best’s driveway. No need to worry about being hit by a car, the next one is not due to pass ’till tomorrow. View of Payne Road inbound towards Kernel Street. Circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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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.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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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.

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • William and Sarah Todd

    William and Sarah (nee Black) Todd, grandparents of Bruce and Lilly Best, emigrated to Australia 1910. Later moved to Fletcher Pde where Sarah had a small dairy and milk run. William had a horse and cart and repaired the roads. Photo early 20th century.

    Date: Early 20th century
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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