The Trust Talks: The (un)remarkable house – stories of our homes

This Trust Talk brings together two charismatic speakers to delight you with the remarkable stories and heritage of Queensland’s (un)remarkable homes. Our speakers will uncover the secrets, scandals and stories hidden in our homes and walk you through the odyssey of Brisbane’s suburbs. Bankfoot House, the location of our Trust Talk, is remarkable for its everyday vernacular architecture and ordinary items that we can relate to our own experiences.


Marianne Taylor – The House Detective!

Topic: Secrets, Scandals and Surprises: extraordinary stories from ordinary houses

In the course of researching the history of houses in Queensland, Marianne has uncovered many wonderful stories about the buildings and the people who lived in them. In this talk she will discuss some of her most interesting cases and intriguing discoveries, proving that every house has a fascinating tale to tell and even the most humble homes can have secrets, scandals and surprises hidden in their pasts!

Marianne Taylor is The House Detective and new President of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Brisbane Branch! She is a freelance architectural historian who specialises in investigating the history of houses. With an extensive background in heritage conservation and management, she also provides consultancy services in these areas. In 2015, Marianne was the recipient of the Helen Taylor Research Award for Brisbane Retro. This project involved researching and recording surviving “as built” examples of post-war houses, culminating in a highly successful exhibition and e-book. Through her work, Marianne seeks to promote the importance of retaining and conserving examples of our built heritage.

Louise Denoon – Executive Director, Public Libraries and Engagement, State Library of Queensland

Topic: Home: a suburban obsession. The Corley Collection

Frank and Eunice Corley travelled south-east Queensland with a mobile darkroom, selling personalised calendars in the 1960s and 70s. Their legacy is a set of around 65,000 photographs documenting suburban landscapes and domestic architecture now held at the State Library of Queensland. Louise’s talk will explore the story of the collection and the challenge of making it accessible and discoverable.  The Frank and Eunice Corley Collection is the centrepiece of the Library current exhibition Home: a suburban obsession and the Corley Explorer is an online tool for the community to help with the description of the photographs and to share stories of these everyday homes.  Louise will reflect on the public’s response and engagement with the collection.

Louise has more than 20 years’ experience working with cultural institutions, most recently at the State Library of New South Wales and previously as Executive Manager Queensland Memory at State Library of Queensland. Louise also worked at the Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Council and Global Arts Link, Ipswich City Council. She is passionate about working with communities and unleashing the potential of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The Public Library and Engagement Portfolio delivers a bold and lively program of exhibitions, events, workshops and learning. We are inspired by the collection, the community and Queensland’s rich stories and culture. The portfolio works with Local Government to ensure all Queenslanders have access to a contemporary public library service.



Bankfoot House – 1998 Old Gympie Rd, Glass House Mountains QLD

This remarkable heritage precinct contains the oldest surviving residence in the Glasshouse Mountains. Built in 1868, Bankfoot House was completed in time to welcome the first Cobb & Co coach on its journey to the Gympie gold fields. Today, the story of three generations of the same family who lived in the house is told through an intact collection, interpretative displays in the modern archival centre, and an exhibition in the restored heritage shed. The precinct offers free entry and guided tours every Friday to Sunday 10am to 3pm. Group bookings by appointment.

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  • 5pm drinks & canapes
  • 6pm start
  • 7.30pm finish

Ticket price includes drinks and canapes on arrival and a gift bag.



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Proudly Supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s Cultural Heritage Levy