Sum­mer re­fresh­ment


THE rise of craft beers con­tin­ues, along with the pop­u­lar­ity of cider, but of­ten on a hot sum­mer’s day noth­ing beats a cock­tail, and there is also a resur­gence in that mar­ket.

With so many va­ri­eties of drinks avail­able now, peo­ple are ex­per­i­ment­ing to get the per­fect mix, and it is also re­flected by the peo­ple who work in the in­dus­try.

I’ve been mak­ing cock­tails for over six years, and it’s some­thing I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about. Why? Ev­ery drink is ex­cit­ing for me, you’re cre­at­ing some­thing new and I love see­ing the smile on peo­ple’s faces when they get their drink.

In the past few years I’ve seen many of the old clas­sics come back into pop­u­lar­ity, but also many with a mod­ern twist to them. There are so many liqueurs avail­able, and so many flavours, like caramel or any fruit you can imag­ine.

The mo­jito is go­ing through a resur­gence. Mar­ti­nis are com­ing back too, es­pe­cially with the boom in pop­u­lar­ity of espresso mar­ti­nis, and peo­ple like to change things up.

The espresso mar­tini is so easy to make, yet ticks ev­ery box for what makes a good cock­tail.

Us­ing vodka, Kahlua and cof­fee, it’s the per­fect drink that re­flects our love in Aus­tralia of ev­ery­thing cof­fee.

The mo­jito is an­other drink per­fect for a hot Ip­swich day. It has lime, sugar syrup, rum, soda wa­ter and mint which makes it all very re­fresh­ing.

One drink that is not on most peo­ple’s radar in 2018 is the pina co­lada, the old clas­sic.

I think I’ve only ever been asked for two of th­ese in my ca­reer, no­body is drink­ing it, but ev­ery­one knows it.

It’s a very sim­ple drink to make, and used to be huge in the 80s and 90s, the orig­i­nal sum­mer drink, but th­ese days, things have changed.

Men tend not to get cock­tails, but there are many who like the old fash­ioned, along with espresso mar­ti­nis. This is all re­flec­tive of the in­dus­try meet­ing cus­tomers’ needs, many peo­ple with drinks to­day, like food, want to know where their food comes from, and they are keen to know more about what they are con­sum­ing. Many peo­ple ask for a vodka but not just any one, they’ll ask for a brand of vodka, and be­ing be­hind the bar, I have to keep on cre­at­ing and ex­per­i­ment­ing.

The hardest cock­tails to make are the ones we’re not al­lowed by law to do any­more, the ones with flames on top, and that’s fair enough due to workplace health and safety. Oth­er­wise cock­tails are fun to make, it’s a good skill to learn.

Per­son­ally, I love drinks with chilli and choco­late, my two favourite things in the world.

I’ve al­ways ex­per­i­mented, but my new favourite is the pink sap­phire, it’s my own cre­ation and I urge you to come and try it at Pig ‘n’ Whis­tle Redbank Plains.

I love this in­dus­try, I love ev­ery­thing about it, the peo­ple, the chal­lenge and the fact there is some­thing al­ways chang­ing. It means you have to keep learn­ing, keep mov­ing and I like that. The in­dus­try has helped me to de­velop my skills, plus de­velop me as a per­son.

IT’S a house that you’ve prob­a­bly driven past hun­dreds of times and never re­alised what a trea­sure trove of his­tory lies within.

The his­tory of Gooloowan, on Den­mark Hill, can be traced back to 1849 when Ben­jamin Cribb, a name that of­ten pops up in the Houses of Ip­swich fea­tures, moved into the area with his wife, El­iz­a­beth, and three chil­dren.

Ben­jamin opened a store in Bell St, fol­lowed by an­other called Lon­don Stores.

Sadly, El­iz­a­beth died after hav­ing a fourth child and a year later Ben­jamin mar­ried Clarissa Foote, the sis­ter of his man­ager, John Clark Foote.

Rais­ing the four chil­dren as her own, Clarissa went on to have an­other six with Ben­jamin.

In 1856 Ben­jamin and John be­came part­ners, so Cribb and Foote, a name syn­ony­mous with Ip­swich his­tory, was born. Their de­part­ment store dom­i­nated re­tail busi­ness un­til the site burnt down in the mid-1980s.

With 10 chil­dren to house, Ben­jamin built Gooloowan in the early 1860s and lived there un­til he died in 1874.

Clarissa stayed at Gooloowan un­til her death in 1899, only days before the start of the 20th cen­tury.

Since then, the home has been passed down through the Cribb and re­lated Walker fam­i­lies un­til 1988, when Gra­ham and Genevieve Is­bell bought the house.

“We bought it 30 years ago, as pre­vi­ously we lived in Waghorn St, spend­ing a long time mak­ing our dream home over a 20-year pe­riod,” Mrs Is­bell said.

“I have al­ways loved Gooloowan and I knew that four gen­er­a­tions had lived here before they de­cided to sell. I’ve al­ways ad­mired the ex­te­rior and I knew it needed some re­ju­ve­nat­ing but we were OK with that.”

As you walk into the home, like many of the older homes in Ip­swich, it is amaz­ingly cool. With long veran­das around the en­tire house and french doors from most rooms, homes in the 1800s were de­signed to catch the breeze, no mat­ter from what di­rec­tion it was blow­ing.

The main be­d­room is air­con­di­tioned and is only used a few weeks of the year. The house does get cold and the main fire­place in the draw­ing room is used through­out win­ter.

The Is­bells have six adult chil­dren and eight grand­chil­dren, who love to come and visit.

When they moved in, their youngest child was only three years old, which led to many an ad­ven­ture.

“Our grand­chil­dren love the place, it’s full of all kinds of things,” Mrs Is­bell said.

“They love all my bits and pieces. It’s full of dis­cov­ery for them.

“Hav­ing a three-year-old was hard and our youngest would of­ten wan­der off, as the prop­erty wasn’t fully fenced. Ker­rod Wal­ters rang me one day and said my daugh­ter was at his place down the hill.”

As you walk into the house, the first door on the right is a li­brary, stacked to the ceil­ing with books, mostly dat­ing back to the 1800s.

As part of the sale, the owners left a mul­ti­tude of items be­hind, which might have de­terred many peo­ple but the Is­bells loved the idea.

“We were de­lighted with all the mem­o­ra­bilia they left,” Mrs Is­bell said.

“The books are mar­vel­lous, most are from the 1800s and you can see what the orig­i­nal owners were in­ter­ested in. I was very grate­ful they left them. It’s lovely to be sur­rounded by all those books. The Ox­ley li­brary took many and then a pri­vate buyer and the rest were left.

“Gooloowan will al­ways be a work in progress but we en­joy look­ing after it.”

With big veran­das that give amaz­ing views of the moun­tains, the house is a stone’s throw from Ip­swich Hos­pi­tal, yet is so in­cred­i­bly peace­ful and sur­rounded by trees.

In ev­ery room there are books and mag­a­zines, with a ra­dio tuned to ABC giv­ing it a sense of calm among the

You have to love what you do in th­ese old homes :: - Dr Is­bell

his­tory. Only one TV was found on QT Mag’s guided tour and two com­put­ers.

The rest of the house, in­clud­ing the ser­vants’ rooms, for­mal din­ing rooms and even a court­ing chair, make the house pop­u­lar with his­tory buffs.

“We of­ten have bus tours through as I like to open it to pro­mote Ip­swich and Queens­land her­itage,” Mrs Is­bell said.

“We would have had thou­sands of peo­ple through over the years and I have visi­tors’ books full of com­ments.

“At the last Great Houses of Ip­swich event we had 800 peo­ple visit.

“Peo­ple say to me on oc­ca­sions that how much they would love to live here. It’s so dif­fer­ent ... they like see­ing an old house that is still lived in, as a fam­ily home. Some have said to me it’s a ‘liv­ing mu­seum’.”

“She knows ev­ery de­tail about this place!” Dr Is­bell added.

“You have to love what you do in th­ese old homes and we are care­ful to look after the her­itage of the house. “Some­one once said, ‘Are you do­ing it up to sell it?’ “No. Not at all. We spent 20 years at our last house and loved it.”

The Is­bells clearly love this home too, es­pe­cially the con­ser­va­tory, where they spend most of their time in the sum­mer months.

“We think of our­selves as cus­to­di­ans,” Mrs Is­bell said.


Many of the books in the li­brary are from the 1800s and were left by the orig­i­nal owners. Veran­das wrap around the en­tire house. Gooloowan as she stood back in the day.


French doors are found in most rooms, al­low­ing the breeze to flow in from which­ever di­rec­tion. The con­ser­va­tory is the most used room in the house in sum­mer. The cur­rent owners of Gooloowan think of them­selves as cus­to­di­ans and are keep­ing the ren­o­va­tions rel­e­vant to the pe­riod.


Gooloowan has long, open walk­ways around the en­tire house, with great views. The warm and wel­com­ing heart of the home.

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