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An eye on the world : Windows and Window Hoods on the Queenslander House

Queenslander cottage in Windsor

Queenslander houses hold much fascination for historians, for home owners, for renovators and for those interested in architecture generally. Establishing when a Queenslander house was built is a challenging undertaking, using many clues such as roof or gable style, construction material, verandah styles, and windows and window hoods. Early Queensland houses were built with French … Read more

The emergence of Flats and Apartments in Brisbane – Demoralising or Civilizing; Sophisticated or simply a practical necessity.

Block of flats

Who ever thought that the style of your living accommodation could be considered immoral and not in the interests of the common good? Flats or apartments became fashionable in the 1920s and 1930s. They were considered a new stylish way of living, which allowed the inhabitants to be close to the inner city and its … Read more

Tracing the Bridgeman family – anywhere but in Bridgeman Downs

Advertisement from Brisbane Courier newspaper in 1864

Recently, some research questions came through to State Library of Queensland’s Ask Us service, asking about Henry St John Bridgeman, an Irish migrant, after whom the northern Brisbane suburb of Bridgeman Downs was named. What did the research staff find out? Starting at the Immigration Indexes, available through the Queensland State Archives (QSA) website, showed that … Read more