35 SURREY ST NUNDAH
The house built by Otto and Caroline Meissner at 35 Surrey St Nundah has a special significance in Queensland’s pioneering history.
The house is significant for its historic associations with the Queensland Government’s incentive in 1909 to provide assistance for the working classes to build and own homes.
It is the first property to take advantage of the financial assistance offered under the Worker’s Dwelling Act of 1909 and marks therefore the origins of the present Housing Commission.
The house was the prototype of hundreds of dwellings, constructed either under WDS or by speculative builders.
The house is a small Queensland timber house on stumps with a corrugated iron roof. Accommodation comprises of four main rooms and a kitchen. The verandah has now been enclosed and much of its early detail is lost.