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.
- Name: Darren
- Location: Logan, Queensland, Australia
Friday, June 30, 2006
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
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Where the work got done
Where the work got done
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
Saturday, June 24, 2006
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
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
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
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
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
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.