This house was likely constructed circa 1886 or 1887 for painter and glazier James Crease. The house is significant as an early timber working class cottage constructed in Shorncliffe in the years just after the opening of the railway line to Sandgate when the local population grew rapidly.
In 1882 Sandgate was connected to Brisbane by rail. While Sandgate had always been popular with Brisbane residents as a recreational location, the ease of access afforded by the rail line prompted further development and population growth in Sandgate and surrounding areas.
In November 1885 James Crease as painter and glazier obtained a mortgage for this property at 240 Pounds. Crease is first listed in the 1888 Post Office Directory, however no street is mentioned. The style of the building suggests it dates from this period and was probably built between 1886 and 1889. The house presently occupies the corner of Friday and Bevington streets. Post Office Directories for 1889 show Crease in Alfred Street (later to be renamed Bevington Street), Sandgate.
In September 1893 George Francis Buck, a storekeeper, and his wife Cecelia purchased the property. The 1896-97 POD listings show his store in nearby Yundah Street with this listing appearing intermittently until 1908. During 1910-11 Francis L. Buck, possibly a relative, is listed as living in Friday Street. Due to erratic listings in the postal records, it would appear that the house was rented at numerous times from early in its history. Electoral records show that Buck owned land at Sandgate, but provide no further detail.
Statement of significance
Relevant assessment criteria
This is a place of local heritage significance and meets one or more of the local heritage criteria under the Heritage planning scheme policy of the Brisbane City Plan 2014. It is significant because:
The place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the city's or local area’s history
as a timber worker's cottage constructed at a time when Shorncliffe's population was growing following the opening of the rail line to Sandgate.
Information prepared by — Brisbane City Council (page revised September 2020)