Logan Daily Photo

This blog is to show daily photos of Logan City. This City is located just south of Brisbane City in Queensland, Australia. Logan is Queensland's third largest city and one that is young, dynamic and booming with growth. Home to 500 parks, the beautiful Logan River, local art galleries and a world class University.

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Friday, June 30, 2006

Inside the work area

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Table in Dining room

All the elegance of days gone by.

Ian Rohl, Josiah's grandson, remembers occasions when the family would gather around the piano for a good old sing-song. In this era, few people had a wireless and no one had TV. This was the era when you made your own fun and you learned to appreciate your family's voices and each one's ability to entertain the rest of the gathering. This was the most precious time of family life.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


3 old trees at the front of the house have probably seen a lot of the history of this place.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Where the work got done

This is where they would work the timber to be sold in the community and in the mines.

Where the work got done

This is where they would work the timber to be sold in the community and in the mines.

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Dining room

John and Emily Mayes brought their family up in this house, after surviving their first years in a simple slab hut. The dining room was the place where the family gathered on formal occasions. When Josiah and Daisy lived here, this room was the place where the family would meet for Sunday dinner.

That was, of course, if they weren't involved in choir practice after the morning church service. On those occasions, the family would take lunch with them, as the trip to and from Loganlea where the nearest church was located, would have made the more formal dinner at home far too late.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Nose to the grindstone

An old grindstone

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Light and Shadow

Friday, June 23, 2006

Room for the car

When the house was completed in 1887, the family moved and the hut became a shelter for a buggy and much later a car. As an example of the craftsmanship involved, lan Rohl remembers that the hut was still secure against rain and the wind sixty years after it was built.

You might think that this was a hard way for a family to live, especially when there was little here but scrub. Emily cooked on an open fire and used a hollowed-out anthill as an oven.

Consider then what John and Emily had left behind. John had been employed as a gardener on an estate in Bedfordshire England, while his wife worked as a house servant. There, they had little to look forward to but a life of uncertain servitude. Here, in Australia they owned 320 acres, an unheard of opportunity back in England.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Lounge Room

The front room contains original family furniture dating from the 1880s till the 1930s, when John and Emily's eldest surviving son, Josiah, lived here. Comparing what you see here, with the many conveniences we enjoy these days, the lounge may seem small and sparsely furnished.

But, to Josiah and Daisy, and to the whole Mayes family, this was a better-than-average home. It remains to this day, a touchstone for them all.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Under the tree

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

View from the old house

Monday, June 19, 2006

Inside the old house

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Old Home

This was where the Mayes family used to live (I think it did have walls but they are gone now).

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Their original home

The words on the plaque in the lower right hand corner say "The Original Slab Hut".

This hut was the original home of John and Emily Mayes, the founders of this property. Most of the slabs were cut from the outer timbers of large logs. Those logs would have been cut on the property, by axe and wedge, then trimmed with an adze. The original roof was made of bark and was later replaced with shingles.

Friday, June 16, 2006

A Pleasant Place

Despite the hardships endured in those early years, we can assume that this was a happy home by the name given to the home by John and Emily - "Pleasant Place", an ideal name for a cottage that commands such beautiful views. It symbolises the pride and the ideals of Logan residents.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Front Room

Mayes Cottage is a genuine relic of Australia's and Queensland's pioneering age. Genuine because it is almost exactly as it was when it was built over a hundred years ago, in 1887.

This house, and what remains of the original slab hut that stands outside, are originals, not reproductions.

The house was built sixteen years after John and Emily Mayes had first arrived here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Back Yard

Under the shade of the trees are some old fences and has an eerie feel about it.

The railway made a huge difference to the development prospects in the area. The late 1880's were a time of great prosperity. Not only did the coming of the railway mean that people could more easily transport their foods to markets in Brisbane, but building materials could also be accessed.

The arrival of the railway was probably a factor in John Mayes' decision to build the house we now know as Mayes Cottage, which was completed in January 1887.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Storage shed

John and Emily Mayes may well have been attracted to Australia by the stories they had heard from their relations, the Kingstons. Although the living conditions here then were rough, they represented an improvement to the prospects many working men faced back in England.

It is thought that stories of these opportunities were major factors in attracting new settlers to the colony. John and Emily Mayes and their two children, Joshua (3) and Ruth (1), sailed from England in the sailing ship "Indus" in 1871.

The family grew to 7 children. The district was beginning to expand as well, with more and more settlers coming in to take up the available land.

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Outside

A view of the outside. To the right is the main house. To the left is a watertank as they wouldn't have had running water.

Outside of the photo to the left is the kitchen that is separate to the house incase of fire.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Lounge Room

This is the Lounge Room or Family room in Mayes Cottage. Notice the rocking chair in the corner for Granma. The area is very small.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Mayes Cottage (Start of a Series)

Welcome to Mayes Cottage. Everytime I drive along one of our main roads, I always see a sign pointing to Mayes Cottage. Everytime I see the sign I tell myself I should go see it.

It took my daily photo site to finally go have a look.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Colourful Ibis

Normally the Ibis bird (a pest here) is dull and not very good looking.

If you click on the picture, you will see the multi-coloured wing of this Ibis (I don't know what type of Ibis it is)

Thursday, June 08, 2006

A pond at a local park

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Through the tall trees

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Big Lifter

It's unusual to see a crane this big in the suburbs. I couldn't see what it was building as the cable disappeared behind a lot of trees.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Bend and stretch

This vine that thinks it doesn't need a wall to climb on, is stretching out so the flowers are in the sunlight.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

No photos please

This bird (I don't know what type it is) looks to be camera shy.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

End of the road

This is a sign at the end of Underwood Road. I would say it is the end of the road for this sign as well and should be replaced.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Wierd Plant

This plant "The Black Boy" is becoming more popular by the council in its landscaping projects.

It is a hardy plant (good in a drought) and they need fire to grow.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

History of Logan

I never new until I saw this at Griffith University, that airstrips were built near where I live in Loganlea as backups in the defence of Brisbane.

They were never put into action and if they had, the area around here would probably be very different.