The step-by-step guide

A short history of the geography, infrastructure and legislation that shaped distinctive Brisbane's suburbs, and their fabled "Big Country Town" character.

The story of Chris' 1920s bungalow in Indooroopilly,  funded under the “Worker’s Homes Act” of 1919 where properties were bought, built and owned by the Queensland Government and rented to workers under perpetual leases.

"Leaville" on Latrobe St in East Brisbane was built in 1910 as the home of the prominent construction contractor Arthur John Dickinson and his family.

In this instalment we leave the big smoke to look at a historic home in Clifton, a small rural township on the Darling Downs, a short detour from the New England Highway between Toowoomba and Warwick.

Rebecca contacted me with some questions regarding her recently acquired 1920's house in Greenslopes, which has an unusal appendix of land at the rear of the property.

Michelle pinged me with a request to investigate her unique house "Nyth-A-Deryn" in Bardon - an Art Dece Palace inside a 1930's worker's dwelling

The house "Cooroon", built in 1927 by members of the notable Waugh family, sits high on the western ridge of Highgate Hill with views stretching from Tambourine Mountain to Mount Coot-tha and the St Lucia reach of Brisbane River below.

Glenmoor is a 1925 cottage located on the southern side of Ashgrove. Externally the house is typical for the neighborhood but inside awaits an amazingly well preserved environment with colour schemes and hardware that are essentially untouched since the house was built almost 90 years ago.

On a back street of Sunnybank Hills lies a hidden gem. You'd be forgiven for missing it if you drove past - it's nestled some distance from the road, behind trees and shrubs. And besides, who would expect to find a 100 year old farmhouse in what is otherwise a fairly typical post-war suburb? 

The history of Caroline's cottage in the West End told a fascinating story of this inner suburb, from pioneering scottish farmers to colonial financiers and working class buildes and tenants of the house and neighbourhood.

The house Clovelly in Auchenflower was built in 1913 by a  Cape York tin miner and subsequently inhabited by a ​string of interesting and notable Brisbanites. In this article we will apply the methods and sources from the "Research the History" article to establish a historical narrative for the land and house.