During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a distinctive domestic building ‘type’ evolved in northern Australia. ‘The Queenslander’ was a response to climatic conditions and the application of readily available construction materials – abundant timber and lightweight corrugated iron that could be easily transported. The National Trust Queensland commissioned Timber and Tin to draw attention to the charm and function of these structures at a time when they were rapidly disappearing. The film illuminates forms, structures, and decorative details that characterize this type of regional architectural expression. It includes interviews with people who worked the materials and built the houses as well as those who grew up with them.
Commissioned by the National Trust Queensland with financial assistance from the Australian Government National Estate Programme. Written and directed by Max Bannah and Kent Chadwick.