Revealed: The scandalous case files of a house detective

first_imgBuilt in 1910, this property was once home to the family of a Japanese Prisoner of War who was captured in 1942 and survived the notorious Changi Prison, only to die while waiting to return home after the war. Tragedy struck the same family again when their father was killed by a tram in Brisbane’s CBD. Newspaper articles about the accident included a graphic photo showing him under the tram and described the accident in gruesome detail. CASE FILES OF A BRISBANE HOUSE DETECTIVE BANCROFT HOUSE, KELVIN GROVE: A HIDDEN WELL AND STREET AND SUBURB NAME ORIGINS Architectural historian Marianne Taylor. Photo: Liam Kidston.EVER wonderered what tales your house would tell if its walls could talk?A Brisbane ‘house detective’ has revealed to The Courier-Mail the stories behind some of her most fascinating projects in Queensland. Architectural historian Marianne Taylor has uncovered some incredible stories while researching homes over the past decade — and she says this year has been her busiest yet as more people realise the value of their abode. You won’t believe some of the historic gems she’s uncovered. HOLLAND PARK HOUSE: EARLY FEMALE ARCHITECT AND A SOCIAL HOUSING SCHEME This circa 1900 home in Chelmer is an iconic residence.This circa 1900 house in Chelmer sold to a private homeowner for $3 million in 2014.The incredible residence has had many uses over the years. It was formerly a Red Cross convalescent hospital during WWII, an army barracks and later became a training centre for the Queensland Police Service. The kitchen in the home at Chelmer. JINDALEE HOUSE: ONE OF THE FIRST MASTER-PLANNED SUBURBS IN QUEENSLAND AND A WOMAN’S DAY “DREAM HOME” DESIGN MONTANA, BOWEN HILLS HOUSE: PIONEERING AVIATRIX, LORES BONNEY This house in Bowen Hills was built circa 1900.This house, built circa 1900, was the residence of a remarkable woman, Lores Bonney. She was a pioneer aviator and the first woman to circumnavigate Australia and fly fromAustralia to England solo in her tiny plane. She lived a remarkable life, especially for a woman in the era of the 1920s and 1930s. Her and her husband didn’t have children, so as a hobby she learnt to fly from her husband’s cousin, Bert Hinkler. She achieved remarkable firsts for both male and female aviators. She learnt how to repair her own engine and one crashed in the ocean on a flight to South Africa and was rescued by a local tribe. In addition to Hinkler, her counterparts were Kingsford Smith and Amelia Earhart, but for some reason she is not very well known. Bonney Ave at Clayfield is named after her, as well as other streets at Archerfield and Southport airports and the electorate of Bonney. A section of the Brisbane River Walk has also just been named after her. Inside the home at Bowen Hills, which has been renovated. LYNNE GROVE HOUSE, CORINDA: EARLY SETTLER’S HOME, FEMALE PASTORALIST’S “TOWN HOUSE” AND ORPHANAGE This house is a former Mater Prize Home winner from 1964.Its unusual design would have been cutting-edge and revolutionary in Brisbane at the time.The entire history of Mater Prize Homes is fascinating, especially the social connection with Brisbane reidnets — many of whom would visit the houses on the weekends as a cheap, family social outing. The house is even more remarkable because it is pretty much unchanged, both inside and outside. This Tarragindi house is a former Mater Prize Home winner from 1964. Image: CoreLogic. TARINGA HOUSE: FAMILY TRAGEDIES AND A SOCIAL HOUSING SCHEME This house at Holland Park has a rich history.An unassuming house exterior hid the story of one of Queensland’s first female architects, Eunice Slaughter. The house design includes many features which Eunice discussed in a newspaper article about her idea of the “ideal house”. She worked for the State Advances Corporation, which was the precursor to the Queensland Housing Commission and was responsible for producing affordable homes for the “working class”. That scheme revolutionised home ownership in Queensland, allowing many people who would never previously have been able to afford a home, to achieve the Australian dream. This house in Holland Park was home to one of Queensland’s first female architects. GREENSLOPES HOUSE: RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND EARLY FEMALE CHEMIST Researching this house involved uncovering the incredible story of Russian immigrants, who had fled their home country following the Russian Revolution. The couple’s daughter was also remarkable for firstly attending university, but even moreunusual was her choice of degree: chemistry. She went on to work as an industrial chemist and her husband spent four and a half years as a POW during World War Two. Lynne Grove House was built by a member of the Hassall family, who were early settlers in the Corinda area. It was then owned by Thomas Murray Hall who became involved in politics and was eventually appointed an MLA. Widowed pastoralist, Laura Duncan, later owned the house and used it as her city residence, before donating it for use as an orphanage. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThis house in Corinda has a rich history. CHELMER HOUSE: GRAND RESIDENCE, RED CROSS WWII HOSPITAL, ARMY BARRACKS, POLICE COLLEGE NEWMARKET HOUSE: LADY BIGAMIST AND THE NEWMARKET CATTLE SALE YARDS Researching this common timber house in Newmarket involved uncovering the history of the nearby tannery businesses and Newmarket cattle sale yards, as well as their connection with the WWII light horse regiments and the important role Newmarket Railway Station played in transporting the horses and troops. The residents of the house were also previously embroiled in a scandal, when the woman was convicted of bigamy after finding herself pregnant and marrying the father — conveniently forgetting she was already married. This house was built in 1950 by a member of the Brittain family, who were part of the well-known brick manufacturing company of the same name. The history of the brick business is fascinating, and the mother of the builder of the house was the topic of a shocking scandal when private detectives caught her “half naked” in bed with a man other than her husband. The later use of the house as a convent was also unusual and unexpected. OXLEY HOUSE: BRITTAINS BRICKS AND MARITAL SCANDAL Jindalee was part of one of the earliest masterplanned, self-contained communities in Queensland, the Centenary Estates by LJ Hooker. Part of promoting this new estate involved prize home giveaways and other innovative new marketing techniques. One of these was a “design your dream home” competition by Woman’s Day and this house, designed by Alma Tait, was the winning design. The results of the competition provide a unique insight into what the majority of Australians looked for in a home at the time. The house was completed in 1963 and was one of the first houses built in the estate. It featured many strikingly modern aspects, such as the concrete slab construction, galleykitchen, reversed floor plan and climate-based design. After being open to the public as display home, the Tait family finally moved in 1964. They called it home for almost 40 years and Alma’s son, John Tait, still resides there. This house in Jindalee won the Woman’s Day “Dream Home” competition in 1962. Image: CoreLogic. TARRAGINDI HOUSE: MATER PRIZE HOME A brick well was discovered under this house, which was located on land that was previously part of a property called “Kelvin Grove”, which eventually gave its name to the suburb. Its owner, Joseph Bancroft, was a prominent doctor in Brisbane and his house hadextensive grounds where he trialled growing different plants and opened it to the public.The street and the subject house were both later named after him. last_img

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