Historic houses secrets, scandals and surprises revealed
  • Tuesday 12 March 2019
Bankfoot House trust talk

Bankfoot House will be the setting for an intriguing evening of storytelling when two charismatic speakers, Marianne Taylor and Louise Denoon, will delight you with the remarkable stories and heritage of Queensland’s (un)remarkable homes.

Presented by the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), come along to the first Trust Talk for 2019 on Friday, March 22 where the guest speakers will uncover the secrets, scandals and stories hidden in homes and walk you through the odyssey of Brisbane’s suburbs.

While researching the history of houses in Queensland, Marianne Taylor, The House Detective, has uncovered many wonderful stories about the buildings and the people who lived in them.

At this special event, Marianne 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.

Louise Denoon, Executive Director, Public Libraries and Engagement, State Library of Queensland, will share the story of a very special photography collection from Frank and Eunice Corley.

Frank and Eunice 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.


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

When: Friday, March 22, 5-7.30pm

Where: Bankfoot House, 1998 Old Gympie Rd, Glass House Mountains

Cost: Sunshine Coast residents and National Trust members $10 (+booking fee) / Non-members and visitors $25 (+booking fee). Ticket price includes drinks and canapes on arrival and a gift bag.

Tickets: Via Eventbrite

This National Trust of Australia (Queensland’s) Trust Talk is proudly supported by council’s Cultural Heritage Levy.

The Trust Talks aim to open the doors for innovation, collaboration and celebration of our heritage.

Each talk showcases some of the heritage industry’s brightest talents, who examine the issues involved with protecting, conserving and celebrating our built, natural and cultural heritage.

For more information about the heritage levy visit heritage.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) is a member-based independent charity, you can get involved and join at www.nationaltrust.org.au/qld


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 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.