Rural Queensland property ‘Emerald View’ in Grandchester is for sale for the first time in 147 years.The original house no longer stands, but the existing two-level home was extended and renovated six years ago.It features a sweeping wraparound veranda, which John says are perfect for watching the sun come up with your morning coffee as wallabies hop through the paddock.Evenings are spent copying up with a glass of red in front of the timber fireplace.The property itself comprises six lots on four freehold titles and is a mix of fertile creek flats and tree country, with 70 per cent of the land cleared.Adding to the historic significance, the family cattle brand — HRO — was only the 5th cattle brand ever to be registered in Queensland. Rural lifestyle property ‘Emerald View’ in Grandchester is for sale for the first time in 147 years.A PIECE of Queensland’s history is set to go under the hammer for the first time in almost 150 years.Emerald View is the jewel in the crown of rural lifestyle properties in the historic railway town of Grandchester, 75km west of Brisbane.The three-bedroom house on 96ha of prime cattle grazing country at 125 Sippels Road has been held by the same family since 1870, when Hugh Rafter bought the property after immigrating to Australia from Ireland.Today, it’s owned by Mr Rafter’s great niece and nephew, Elizabeth McBean and John McLaughlin, who have made the tough decision to sell.“We’ve still got his handwritten diary detailing his journey from Ireland to Australia, which we hope to display at the open home along with the original title deeds,” John said. Rural Queensland property ‘Emerald View’ in Grandchester is for sale for the first time in 147 years.The Rafter and McLaughlin families are well known in the Grandchester area. Emerald View was previously owned by Jack McLaughlin, a former Queensland cricket captain and commentator, who is now 87. His son John now uses the property as a weekender but still takes Jack out there to inspect it from time to time. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE After marking so many milestones on the property over the years, John admits it’s going to be hard to say goodbye.“We’ve had a very long and strong attachment to it,” John said.“In the old days before we even had electricity, our Mum used to cater for 13, 14 adults on a little wooden stove and as a youngster you’d sit there listening to the stories being told.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“It’s the sort of thing you look back on with fondness.” Rural Queensland property ‘Emerald View’ in Grandchester is for sale for the first time in 147 years.Barry Quinn of Ray White Rural Brisbane said the property was perfect for buyers looking for an affordable rural retreat or weekender.“It’s a good quality, lifestyle cattle farm,” he said.“The beauty of it is it’s so close to Brisbane — you can still live there and commute to Brisbane or Ipswich.”John just hopes whoever buys the property will appreciate it as much as he does.“It’s been the centrepiece of our lives and hopefully it can be passed on to somebody who looks upon it the same way and get as much enjoyment out of it as we have.”Emerald View is planned for auction in Brisbane on May 5.