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What is a Queenslander?

Posted by hrqld on September 19, 2017
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Well duh! We’re from Queensland!

But seriously, we get phone calls every day from people stating they have a Queenslander for sale. I get so excited and then I do a street scan on the house (thank you Google Earth) and I see an asbestos ridden 60’s Semi Modern style home with fake VJ paneling hiding the nasty stuff. Talk about disappointment!

So to help you all out here is a brief overview:

Queenslander: built roughly to 1945

Post War: built from 1946 to roughly 1960

Semi Modern: built roughly from 1960 onward

Sometimes it isn’t easy to pick what year the house was built, it’s not like they come with a VIN tag – like a car stating build month and date (wouldn’t that be nice!) I have a fantastic reference book named Brisbane House Styles 1880 to 1940 – A Guide to the affordable House (Judy Gale Rechner, Brisbane History Group Published 1998 by the University of Queensland Printery)

Judy’s overview of a Queenslander states:

The Queenslander house is not just one specific style. It consists of many styles which share the common characteristics of being elevated, lightly framed, timber houses with tin roof and verandah. Most houses built in Queensland from 1880 to 1940 were different from those found elsewhere in Australia, because Queensland developed a vernacular domestic tradition which was not totally innovative, but adapted elements to create designs that suited the climate and owners. Consequently the vernacular Queensland house is recognised as having a unique Australian identity.

Styles of Queenlanders also changed over the years, largely due to fashions and trends but also because of cost cutting leading to the depression.


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