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In Queensland’s early years, the Workers’ Dwelling Act 1909 financed the construction of basic four to six room dwellings. They were closely related to the 'Queenslander' houses whose design had evolved in the second half of the 19th century. After World War I, a local adaptation of the California bungalow became popular.
On average, houses cost between £200 ($400) and £250 ($500) and a standard size block of land could cost up to £60 ($120).
People were loaned money and selected a design for their house, had architects make modifications and then had their home built on their own land. The maximum loan available to workers was £300 ($600). By June 1940, more than 19,000 homes were built this way all over Queensland.

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