How we lived in the 1960s and 70s

HOMEOWNERS are being asked to help complete a unique picture of southeast Queensland's history.

A special new exhibition will open at the State Library today featuring 61,490 photographs of southeast Queensland houses captured during the 1960s and 1970s.

Home: a suburban obsession will include an interactive map for visitors to search for images of their homes.

 

Neil Gardner with Eloise, 1, and Flynn, 4, at their Windsor home. Picture: Liam Kidston
Neil Gardner with Eloise, 1, and Flynn, 4, at their Windsor home. Picture: Liam Kidston

 

30 Brook Street, Windsor as captured by Frank Corley in the 1960s from
30 Brook Street, Windsor as captured by Frank Corley in the 1960s from "Home: a suburban obsession" which opens at The State Library of Queensland.

 

The pictures are among an estimated quarter of a million taken by husband- and-wife photographers Frank and Eunice Corley as they cruised the streets in a pink Cadillac, travelling as far as Bundaberg.

Most of their pictures were sold to homeowners as prints or calendars at the time, but they did save plenty of others.

 

Photographer Frank Corley. Picture: Doug Spowar
Photographer Frank Corley. Picture: Doug Spowar

 

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In 1995, 67 boxes of their photographs featuring more than 60,000 prints were donated to the State Library.

The couple are long dead but their photos live on in one of the largest collections of Australian housing images.

 

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Neil Gardner, from Windsor, said it was surreal to see his home as it stood in the 1960s and '70s, and the exhibition was "such a clever idea" for Queenslanders to reminisce on their heritage.

"There are parts of the house that look the same and parts that really don't, I love the fact that we still have some of the traditional features," he said.

 

8 Beirne st, South Toowoomba.
8 Beirne st, South Toowoomba.

 

"I know it was built in the 1930s. We recently had a renovation on the property and one of our key drives was to retain its character and keep it with the style of the classic Queenslander."

Mr Gardner said that, with the current world developing so quickly, it was nice to have a glimpse back in time.

 

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State Librarian Vicki McDonald said: "The exhibition is so much more than a story of bricks and mortar. It is about the everyday hopes and dreams of Queenslanders and how it has changed over the decades."

 

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