Homely photo ex­hibit

Photo dis­play needs your con­tri­bu­tions

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - Liana Walker [email protected]­der­post.com.au

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.

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