Judge George W Paul's Japanese house : a case study

Barker, Jill (2011) Judge George W Paul's Japanese house : a case study. In Moulis, Antony & Van Der Plaat, Deborah (Eds.) Proceedings of the XXVIIIth International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, The Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 1-15.

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In the late 1880s a pre-fabricated Japanese house was shipped from Kobe, Japan, to Brisbane, Australia, and erected in the up-market suburb of New Farm by Japanese tradesmen. This paper is developed from a broader project researching the life of G W Paul, the man who had the house built and subsequently lived in it for the remainder of his life. Paul’s motivation in importing the house represented a unique, but unfulfilled effort to develop a future, hybrid culture for Queensland. This effort took the form of a commercial venture to construct Japanese houses as desirable and climatically suitable dwellings. Against the backdrop of this ambition, this paper presents new research to elucidate and extend previous knowledge, assesses the reception of the house by its nineteenth century Brisbane audience, and considers possible reasons for the limited response which signalled the cancellation of the commercial venture.

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ID Code: 46533
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Visual Arts, Japanese Architecture, Australian History, Architectural History
ISBN: 9780646558264
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural History and Theory (120103)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Author.
Deposited On: 19 Oct 2011 23:36
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:44

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