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1907-1919 Sir Horace (Horatio) Tozer (1844-1916) was a Queensland solicitor and politician, member for Wide Bay from 1888-1898. Between 1898 and 1909 he was Queensland's agent-general in London. Tozer was responsible for founding the Free Public Library and National Art Gallery of Queensland.
The home was commissioned to be built in 1890 by the Rankin family, wealthy Scots immigrants who were involved in the first collieries in the area. Dame Annabel Rankin became Queensland's first female senator and Australia's first female cabinet minister. A federal electorate in Brisbane is named after the pioneering woman politician. The Rankins kept a high profile in the area for about 70 years, moving out with the closing of the mines.