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Hundreds of people gathered at Mayes Cottage in Logan to celebrate the annual Mayes in May festival on the first Sunday of the month .

The one-day festival brought pieces of the past to the present, as families enjoyed a free day of fun and learning.

Pig racing, sheep shearing, and an animal farm allowed kids to get up close to farm animals.

Vintage cars and country music were also on show throughout the day.

Watch a video of the Mayes in May pig races here.

Tomato planting organizer Andrew Addenbrooke from Little Green Thumbs, says Mayes in May is a fun opportunity to give kids and families free educational activities.

“It’s busy, always busy at Mayes,” said Mr Addenbrooke.

“The kids get to plant a tomato seedling in a cup and take it straight home to the garden.

“It’s a lot of fun.”

Mayes family historyMayes Cottage historical tour guide Geoff Treadgold has been volunteering at Mayes Cottage for 14 years and says he wouldn’t spend his free time in any other way.

“I had just retired and my wife saw this ad in the newspaper calling for volunteers,” said Mr Treadgold.

“She said she wanted me out of the house for a few hours every week so she could have some space.

“She said I would enjoy it because the job involved talking to people about history and I haven’t looked back since.”

Local resident Katherine McElrea says she suspects most Logan residents are not fully aware of the historical significance of Mayes Cottage.

“This festival is just raising awareness of the important monuments in the City of Logan which is growing in diversity and numbers,” she said.

Mr Treadgold says the historical significance of Mayes Cottage is in the pioneering spirit the Mayes family brought with them from England.

“The house was made from timber on the property itself. They did everything and were amongst the first pioneers in this area,” said Mr Treadgold.

John and Emily Mayes built their timber house in 1887 and after their deaths, their son Josiah and his wife Daisy continued to live in it.

After the deaths of Josiah and Daisy, the Queensland Housing Commission, which had resumed most of the Mayes’ property, also sought to acquire the house.

Mr Treadgold says this community gathering in celebration of Logan’s history, is the reason for the existence of Mayes Cottage today.

“Local groups in the community fought against it,” said Mr Treadgold.

“So today, we have a museum at Mayes Cottage that tells a unique story.”

To read an extensive historical account of Mayes Cottage and the Mayes family, click here.

Mayes Cottage is located at 20 Mawarra St, Kingston QLD 4114.
Phone 07 3412 4147 or email council@logan.qld.gov.au to arrange a tour on a Thursday or Friday between 10:30am and 4:00pm. Entry is free.

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