Once the house was ours, I couldn’t wait to get started researching its history. It was so exciting to receive the copy of the original Certificate of Title. I raced off to the Brisbane City Archives in Moorooka. I wanted to find out when the house was built. I was looking for any kind of record for permits. I spent many hours going through the records and found nothing!! The title has lots of different names on it and I tried all of them. All I wanted to know was who built the house and when.
Meanwhile we moved in and got started on the back garden. During this time we meet our neighbour over the back fence and to the right, She’s been living in her house for a VERY long time. Her parents brought the house new. Our neighbour is in her 80’s!! So after chatting over the fence, it occurred to me that she might just be the person to ask about our house.
I asked “Did you know the people who built the house?’
“Yes” she said “It was Old Pearly Jenkins”. Jackpot!! ” oh and her husband Charlie”.
She is a wealth of information about the suburb we live in too. It’s so brilliant to listen to her talk. Where ever I’ve lived, I’ve always had an interest in the local history.
What I found interesting about this place is that the 16 perches was first brought by Mary Jane Skinner in 1888 but wasn’t built on until approximately 1937. So by my calculations this little block of land sat vacant in between two houses for 49 years!!
At some point during that 49 years, The family next door brought it and used the block as a garden. It turns out it was Pearly’s sister who lived next door. …..
To be continued….