Part 4: Inhabitants of your house
Set the foundations for house history research success by watching State Library’s series of 5 House Histories video guides. Watch below to find out more about the past inhabitants of your house.
The inhabitants of your house
Enrich your house history journey by discovering who lived in your house, using key resources like post office directories, electoral rolls, newspapers and more.
Directories and Electoral Rolls
Queensland Post Office Directories
- Queensland Post Office Directories 1868-1949 info guide
- Resident entries in Queensland Post Office Directories finish in 1939
- Note electoral rolls may be more useful in finding residents at a more exact address earlier
- Available online through Ancestry (Library Edition) which you can use onsite at State Library. The collection is called: Australia electoral rolls 1903-1980. You can search by address. All household members on the electoral roll are listed with their full names and occupations so there is more information to identify the right person or family
- Available also on microfiche in the Family History area on level 3 of State Library of Queensland. The electoral rolls on microfiche go up until January 2008 but can only be searched by name.
- Use styles only as a guide to age. Houses may be built in a style out of the period
- Weatherboard houses were moved. Check for ‘available for removal’ notices in Trove newspapers
- Your house has a history is a research guide by Brisbane City Council succinctly that covers the main styles from the 19th century to 20th century
- Read Brisbane house styles 1880 to 1940 : a guide to the affordable house by Judy Gale Rechner covering over 50 years of Brisbane house styles
- House History is organised by time periods and has booklets embedded in the site according to period covered
- Every house has a history — Ipswich City Council
- Researching the history of your Central Queensland home — Museum of Central Queensland
- The Toowoomba House - styles and history - 2nd Edition March 2000 — Toowoomba Regional Council
State Library resources
- Photographs of suburbs, streets, residences: order at the John Oxley Library desk on level 4 of State Library or check One Search catalogue by location/suburb (e.g. search subject: “Photographs – Red Hill”)
- 6169 Frank and Eunice Corley House Photographs ca. 1970: organised by suburb but photographs are increasingly available online. Check the One Search catalogue or the Corley Explorer. Includes most suburbs of Brisbane and surrounding areas of Ipswich, Redcliffe, Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy, Nambour, Caboolture, Landsborough and nearby. The photographs in the collection were taken in the 1960s and 1970s.
- Card indexes (John Oxley Library, level 4)
- Old subject catalogue (John Oxley Library, level 4) — search by Brisbane-residence-house name (e.g. Roslyn)
- Trove pictures: includes images of homes, streets etc. from all state libraries, the National Library, council libraries and more
- Trove digitised newspapers and magazines (e.g. Australian Women’s Weekly, Weekend Home Supplements)
- Brisbane City Archives: Aerial photographs 1946, online
- Brisbane City Archives: Queensland Homes Images and plans
- Google street view: Note a few views over time are available since 2007. Open the image and click on street view to get the options.