The Bancroft Exhibition Notes, Edited by Karen Tyler and Huxley Baberowski.
The house in Deception Bay was called Thelmum. It was Ann (Mrs Bancroft)’s favourite home. The doctor spent his weekends there, travelling from Brisbane to what is now Petrie by train, and then by horse and buggy to the bayside.
When Ann became ill, she was told that bathing in seawater could help, so Joseph had two baths excavated out of the sandstone on the foreshore for her to use. These baths would fill with seawater as the tide came in. You can still see one of these on the foreshore today.
Joseph also built a large bathing shed near the water’s edge, so she could shower in fresh water afterwards, and steps were cut right up the cliff face so that after bathing they could go straight home.
- The Bancroft Tradition Edited by John Pearn and Lawarie Powell
- The Bancrofts, Elizabeth Marks and Josephine Bancroft
- A History of Deception Bay, Thomas Blake
- Spears & Musket 1879 – 1979, Stan Tutt