2012 White House
In 1963, Veronica White built a modest, three bedroom, high-set timber home in Brisbane's inner west where, as a single mother, she raised four young boys. The boys grew and left, eventually having families of their own. Veronica remained in the family home until finally, in late 2003, she sold the property to us.
By all accounts, Veronica was the nicest neighbour anyone could ever hope to have. There are many residents still living in our area who built here at the beginning. We've discovered that, simply by mentioning her name, they know instantly where we live and without exception inform us what an amazing woman she was. Also without exception, they go on to relate stories of the wild parties she often threw in this house for the whole neighbourhood.
In the dirt under and around our house evidence remains of the White family's forty years of occupancy. Well loved toys, parts from old bicycles and broken hand tools, pieces of rubbish tossed out the kitchen window, never quite making it to the garbage bin.
A plaster cast was made from a brick found on the site, left over from the original construction and using this as a mould, many of these found items have been set into clear resin. Through the stories related to us by others, these items take on a special significance, embodying the sense of a life lived with joy, despite the unspoken hardships that no doubt would have been present in the circumstances.