Back in May 2013, a small group of Annerley locals met in the hall under the (now) Annerley Community Hub and talked about how we were worried that the history of our suburb was not recorded in a way in which people could find out more about where they lived.
The Annerley-Stephens History Group began by talking through projects which sounded interesting to each member.
From the John Oxley Library Website
"The 2017 winner of the John Oxley Library Community History Award is the Annerley-Stephens History Group for their continued and highly successful community project the Frank Corley House Photo project.
The Frank Corley House Photo Project aims to uncover the houses of the inner Southside of Brisbane photographed by Frank Corley 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. 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 his collection to the John Oxley Library. The JOL holds around 50,000 photos taken around South East Queensland that were not purchased by residents. Digitisation of these photographs has commenced and the digital images have been used by the Annerley-Stephens group in their community engagement activities."
I could not be prouder and was so happy to be there for the start and can't wait to see what they do in the future.
Kath is an Annerley and Tarragindi local with all the inside knowledge. Ex business-owner and current lover of local, community and Real Estate!