Metavale homestead, c 1910

Queensland State Archives posted a photo:

History of the Queenslander

The Australian tropical house conjures a vision of a large sprawling timber structure on stumps with an extensive, deep, shaded verandah via Franch doors. The roof is iron and the pitch is steep. A bougainvillaea, a Mango tree, and or a Frangipani adorn the front garden of the house. The primary reason for the development of the Queenslander was the climate. The long hot summer days often ended with a torrential downpour. A house with wide verandahs that provided shelter from these conditions was essential. The importance of the verandahs as an architectural element in a tropical Australian house cannot be underestimated because it is one area which lent itself to an informal semi-outdoor lifestyle suited to the cliate. The verandah became an integral part of every house and their use an essential part of the Australian way of life. The cool

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