Harold Peacockwith some items found on the Velocity Property Group site at Targina. (AAP image, John Gass)Brass doorknobs dating back to the 1870s, a cologne bottle from the 1920s and octagon diamonds from a vintage chandelier were among the finds at a Taringa development site.Historian Harold Peacock was granted permission to scour the site by Velocity Property Group, the developer behind Ellerslie Crescent.“Back in 1884 the land around the country home (Ellerslie) was subdivided to start anew Brisbane suburb of South Toowong,” Mr Peacock said.“The original building is now gone but the boundaries of that block are still easily discernible.“I identified the location of the original home and the high western side appeared to be largely undisturbed.“A quick scan of the old newspapers told me that plenty of history took place on the site . . . I asked the builders if I could look around and they referred me to Velocity.”Velocity Property Group is building three luxury homes at 41, 43 and 45 Ellerslie Crescent, with the present character house, dating back to 1936, relocated to another part of the site and put up for sale.Velocity Property Group will build just three city-view homes at Taringa.Stage two of the development will see 23 luxury townhomes constructed at the 4200sq m site.Ellerslie Crescent is named after the original “Ellerslie” homestead, which was built in the 1870s and was home to leading stock inspectors, coal miners and bankers.Mr Peacock said the developer was immediately keen to unlock some of the site’s secrets.“We were interested to see what he might find to connect the history of the site to its new chapter,” Velocity managing director Brendon Ansell said.“His finds have been really interesting and we plan to incorporate some of them into the foyer of the apartment building in the final stage of our project.”With the use of a metal detector, Mr Peacock dug up:• Two beautiful 1870s brass door knobs believed to be from the original house• A glass stopper from the same period• A 1920s cologne bottle most likely from the original house• Several 1930-1950s Chandelier octagon diamonds most likely from the1930s homes• A 1950s screw-top ink bottle.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoSome of the items located by historian Harold Peacock (AAP image, John Gass)Mr Peacock said the original homestead and its location had been associated with some remarkable people in Queensland history.“From the 1870s there was Patrick Robinson Gordon, the Chief Inspector of Stock for 30 years and leader of Queensland’s early stock breeding industry who drafted the Meat Export Act administered in Queensland prior to Federation,” he said.“He was followed by Richard Davies Graham, a licensed surveyor and coal miner. Mr Graham opened mines in Bundamba and some of the best seams in Central Queensland. His huge economical legacy is still being felt today.“Then there was John Piper Mackenzie, the head office manager of the Queensland National Bank. Mackenzie is a descendant of Captain John Piper, the one-time commander of the Norfolk Island penal colony who became one of the wealthiest men in Australia. It’s after Captain Piper that salubrious Point Piper in Sydney is named.“Before the turn of the century was Edward Owen Rees who was an Insurance Agent ruined by the 1893 floods. He’s better known as the father of Lloyd Rees, the Australian landscape painter who twice won the Wynne Prize.”But Mr Peacock said it was John O’Neill Brenan, the Queensland ImmigrationAgent, public servant, and son of an Irish-born barrister, who likely lived on the site the longest.He said Brenan married the daughter of the Auditor-General and Chairman of the Queensland Public Service Board, and his son was one of the first Anzacs ashore at Gallipoli.Mr Peacock said his most exciting find was the brass doorknobs.“The doorknobs are the most exciting to me because so many hands have actually turned those handles,” he said.On development in Brisbane, Mr Peacock said it was inevitable.“Brisbane and everywhere else continues to develop, but that doesn’t mean history is lost, it just gets forgotten by some people,” he said.“I like to remember what came before us and connect it to real people.”Mr Ansell says he likes to take the same approach.“Wherever we can, Velocity Property Group strives to incorporate heritage homes into our projects so that they can experience a new chapter as a family home or business,”he said.“The heritage home here at Ellerslie Crescent and at our ‘The Hathaway’ project at Auchenflower have new town homes and apartments alongside them to balance the modern spaces and the heritage of the Queenslander homes.”The three luxury houses at Ellerslie Crescent, which are under construction, are priced from $1.665 million to $1.75 million, and are sized from about 480sq m to 520sq m.The heritage home has been relocated to 39 Ellerslie Crescent and is for sale now.