Indooroopilly is liberally sprinkled with old mansions, and none better reflects the grandeur of the suburb’s salad days than Ross Roy.
This huge home was built in 1897 for the Collings family who originally named it Indoocombe. It was renamed Ross Roy by Ross Munro, who bought the home from the Collings. The building is now part of St Peters Lutheran College.
To capture the essence of Indooroopilly of those times, let’s quote from an anonymous tribute written about 1890:
The district comprises a series of sharp ridges and gentle slopes, giving continual glimpses of the river, and the purple shrouded hills to the south and west, which have a wondrous charm. The switchback, tree lined streets are bordered with handsome residences and still more handsome gardens which, even in the hollows, give distinction to the district.
The suburb is graced by a number of relaxing parks, including Sir John Chandler Park. This park embraces Thomas Park, which was named for Henry Thomas, who planted and so lovingly tended the adjoining Bougainvillea Gardens for many years. Children's playground equipment has been scattered among groves of striking jacaranda and poinciana.