Frank Corley Photos – 1970


Uncovering the houses of the inner southside in the 1970’s.

Frank Corley was a commercial photographer who photographed almost every house in Brisbane as he drove past in his Cadillac in the early 1970’s. His wife developed the prints in a van that they had converted to a darkroom and then a team of door-to-door salespeople would sell the photos packaged in a cardboard calendar priced at 85 cents.

Before Frank passed away he bequeathed the remaining photos in the collection to the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. The library holds around 50000 photos taken around South East Queensland that were not purchased by residents.

In 2014 ASHG began the project of identifying the photos in the collection.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Engage volunteers in actively participating in a study of the houses within
  • the former Stephens Shire boundaries.
  • Find and record the addresses and condition of the houses
  • Study the type and degree of change that has occurred in the homes and
  • streets within these suburbs
  • Create conversations and share stories within neighbourhoods to
  • enhance community awareness and spirit

The Corley Volunteers Group to date (August 2015) have located over 2000 of the houses in Fairfield, Annerley, Yeronga, and Yeerongpilly. ASHG is hosting a series of events around these suburbs to publicise the project and engage the community in collecting the local history that arises from viewing the photos.

We invite you to participate in the project by working on the photos in your neighbourhood.

To get involved contact Denis Peel on 3892 5669 or 0408 001 362.