The Queenlander House

There are many styles of the famous "Queenslander"

Queensland does not have one particular type of housing. However, it does have a dominant tradition of timber building which evolved continuously from the rude timber hut of early settlement to the multi-gabled bungalow of the 1930s and beyond. Unlike other states, Queensland was characterised by a distinctive, continuous and dominant tradition of building until the Second World War.

The Characteristics of a Queenslander
As most people envisage it, the Queensland house includes most of the following elements:

• construction of timber with a corrugated-iron roof
• highset on timber stumps
• single-skin cladding for partitions and sometimes external walls
• verandahs front and back, and perhaps at the sides
• decorative features which screen the sun or ventilate the interior
• a garden setting with a picket fence, palm trees and tropical fruit trees

The Queensland house has evolved over time. Three factors have been key to its development:
• the availability of affordable, easy to use building materials
• how these materials shaped the Queenslander's form
• building the house to suit the setting and climate