DR BARBARA Webster has opened the door on the fascinating history of hundreds of Central Queensland homes.
The professional historian was engaged by the Museum of Central Queensland to research and write a practical, step-by-step guide for people keen to research the history of their own homes.
The result is Researching the History of Your Central Queensland Home, a free online publication.
It contains examples of typical architectural styles of the region, provides practical advice for investigating the dwelling's history and lists useful contacts and suggested readings.
MoCQ committee member Sue Smith said the publication was inspired by Moving House, another MoCQ project which traced the relocation of houses from the historic mining town of Mt Morgan.
"In doing that, we realised people were excited about the idea of exploring the history of their own homes," said Ms Smith, who is art collection manager at CQUniversity.
She said the publication was designed to help residents uncover the origins, ownership and occupancy of their homes.
"We are trying to excite people about history and get them involved, skilling them up so they can do their own research," Ms Smith said.
Dr Webster embarked on a 3000km round trip to visit homes from the Capricorn Coast to the Central West, from Mackay to Rockhampton and Gladstone.
If she saw an interesting house, she would simply knock on the door and explain the project to the owners, who were more than willing to share what they knew about their homes.
"There is so much wonderful history," she said.
"My only regret is I couldn't get in all the photos I would have liked. I had to try to apportion it so I covered the entire region and all the different styles."
Residents can join Ms Webster in a conversation on Central Queensland's fascinating homes at the MoCQ launch of the guide on Friday, August 1.
The guide can be downloaded from the MoCQ's home page: mocq.org.au
WHAT: Researching the History of Your Home launch
WHEN: 4pm to 5pm on Friday, August 1
WHERE: Fitzroy Room, Rockhampton Regional Library, 230 Bolsover St, Rockhampton
COST: $5 or $10 plus a copy of the guide (entry includes afternoon tea)
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 4922 4770
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