Homely photo exhibit
Photo display needs your contributions
A PHOTOGRAPHIC collection of houses from across the state has emerged as part of an online exhibit, and they need your help captioning the houses in Stanthorpe.
In the 1960s to the 1970s, Frank and Eunice Corley drove the suburban streets of Queensland in their pink Cadillac, taking photographs of houses and selling them to home owners.
The couple were believed to have taken over a quarter of a million photographs of houses from Bundaberg to
Around two-thirds of the photographs were sold to householders, and the remaining 61,000 images were donated to the State Library in 1995. Home: a suburban
obsession aims to expose the social and emotional power of house and home, and the myriad connections between where people live and who they are. Of the 61,000 photographs on display, 259 of them were taken in Stanthorpe.
Photos of houses were taken on Catherine St, Lane St, Wallangarra Rd, Ferris St, Pierpoint St, Sugarloaf Rd, Leslie Pde, Bridge st, Denham St, Archibald St, Symes St, Hillcrest St, Allison St, Stanton St, Mcgregor Tce, Day St, Sheahan St, Omara Tce, Greer St, Matthew St, Folkestone St, Thorpe St, Railway St, Noble St, Lock St, High St, Minna St, Brock Ave, Francis St, Harris St, Mcglew St, Connor St and Marsh St.
The exhibition is attached to an online platform which allows users to provide information about the houses including the type of roof, fence and doors featured. However what makes the project more compelling is the ability to add stories about the houses. The hope is the Corley collection will tell complex and varied stories about houses in Queensland towns and suburbs and how their occupants chose to transform those houses into homes. Viewers can also add details including the address and more photos of the houses.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the State Library and the Annerley Stephens History Group and the University of Queensland's Architecture Theory Criticism History Research Centre.
■ Could your home be in the collection? Visit explorer.corley.slq.qld.gov .au/ to find out. The free exhibition can also been seen in person until July 14 at the State Library of Queensland.