Gallery: Dr Michael’s Homestead, Tamborine Mountain

Dr Michael’s Homestead


My greatest delight on Thursday mornings was to go and see what Dr Michael had for sale. I’d drive along Main Western Road till I came to the gate announcing Dr Michael’s homestead, Inside the gate, the road ran through an avocado orchard, the trees growing amidst an assortment of detritus washed up on Tamborine, including a large boat mould on the left, followed by an ancient caravan, various motorbikes, shipping containers, sheds and in-between a great profusion of bamboo, black sapote, mulberries, lemons which at varios times of the year provided fresh produce and a variety to nibble on inside.

For the homestead had large verandahs and a kitchen which provided endless cups of coffee, cakes, Asian food all served at a table in the corner of the verandah, where you were seated when you arrived surrounded by books, filing cabinets CD’s, music players, TV’s assorted cups and saucers and plates and glasses, vases and interesting paraphernalia.

The conversation never got straight to the point but circumlocated the weather, the last rain the state of the crops, the latest visitor, the return of travelling mountain residents and anything else of interest and all in a mixture of German, English, Japanese, Filipino and assorted other langusges, depending on who was present.

In the background a pianist played classical music, while the kitchen resounded with the chopping and hammering of food preparation. Dr Michael sat on his throne at the head of the table, phones ringing, people arriving. He went out to attend to business. You made another cuppa or fossicked among the table items for ginger tea while you waited, having not yet got in a single word.

Outside was a wooden bridge across a pond with large goldfish or koi which you could feed in an idle moment. Further down in the yard were ducks and chooks and geese. In pens at the back was an emu, acquired who knows where and sheep and a camel, a virtual zoo of live animals.

There were crops which Dr Michael had planted, that he thought might be useful like Palonia trees which are a hardwood, quick growing used in making musical instruments. There were varieties of bamboo like Buddha’s belly and black bamboo.

Here lived a man with eclectic interests, from years spent in Asia and New Guinea, who had washed up on Tamborine like many travellers from tropical climes, like myself, who came to stay.

Dr Michael I related to as Oscar from `Oscar and Lucinda’. I am still constantly reminded of the man I called friend, as I see the many treasures I bought from him which adorn my home. He’s a character I’d like to write about in fiction one day.

Share this:


Tamborine Mountain Collection

Rainforest and the Reef

Living in the Rainforest

Tamborine Mountain to lose another doctor

Tibetan Monks on Tamborine

Glow Worm Caves on Tamborine

Environmental Vandalism on Tamborine

Dr Michael’s Homestead

Moving Forward

Singing Plants

Share this:

May 6, 2019

In “3rd dimension”

May 14, 2015

In “Brian Cullinan”

October 22, 2013

In “ABORIGINAL”Posted on  by chrisdeacon02. This entry was posted in BOOKSFICTIONUNCATEGORIZED and tagged Dr Michael’s HomesteadTamborine Mountain. Bookmark the permalink.

Post navigation

← The Planetary Heart Meditation – Golden Age of Gaia

The Reward for a Lightworker – Golden Age of Gaia →

6 thoughts on “Dr Michael’s Homestead”

  1. Dr Michael’s Homestead – christinedeacon2
  2. SamanthaI was just looking at your Dr Michael’s Homestead – christinedeacon2 website and see that your site has the potential to become very popular. I just want to tell you, In case you didn’t already know… There is a website service which already has more than 16 million users, and the majority of the users are interested in websites like yours. By getting your site on this service you have a chance to get your site more popular than you can imagine. It is free to sign up and you can find out more about it here: – Now, let me ask you… Do you need your site to be successful to maintain your way of life? Do you need targeted visitors who are interested in the services and products you offer? Are looking for exposure, to increase sales, and to quickly develop awareness for your website? If your answer is YES, you can achieve these things only if you get your website on the service I am describing. This traffic network advertises you to thousands, while also giving you a chance to test the service before paying anything at all. All the popular websites are using this service to boost their traffic and ad revenue! Why aren’t you? And what is better than traffic? It’s recurring traffic! That’s how running a successful site works… Here’s to your success! Find out more here:
  3. DarrenI stayed here a decade ago.
    He was quite the character, was a pleasant stay.Reply
  4. Deedee DebacaHi, i foud very useful.🙂The Dr Michael�s Homestead page it is well written and has
    helped me a lot. I and my friends Franziska and NigelGrimst
    used the best product to lose weight and to be fit in summer.
    Now we have forgotten the ungainly fat and we are glad of our weight.
    Now I feel beautiful and attractive.I am so happy!!! If you are interested for yourself, enter: .
    Kiss you All!Reply
  5. DarrenDid Dr Michael pass away?
    Is the Homestead still open as a holiday rental?
    I used to go there for weekends with my gf in my early 20’s.
    He was a eccentric, yet lovely person, the rooms were clean & nice, the collection he’d gathered over the years was massive, & we loved using it as a base for our weekends down there.Reply
    • chrisdeacon02Darren Dr Michael died and the homestead is no longer open. I have many memories and treasures I brought from him, but am now on Hope Is. Fond memories of when he and Bay were still there. Its nice to think he is still remembered fondly

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.