Quest to solve mystery of old family photos

HISTORIC IMAGE: Councillor Paul Tully is appealing for public help to track down the owner of these family photographs. Contributed
HISTORIC IMAGE: Councillor Paul Tully is appealing for public help to track down the owner of these family photographs. Contributed Contributed

A CENTURY-OLD mystery involving three family photographs under a Goodna home is waiting to be solved.

The answer to the mystery is out there. The question now is: Who is going to solve it?

The photographs appear to depict family members over several generations.

Goodna councillor Paul Tully is on the hunt across Ipswich and Brisbane to reunite the photos with their rightful owner.

Cr Tully said the photographs came to light after a tenant at the William St property found them stored under the low-set home and delivered them to his Goodna office to track down the family.

"I have spoken to the current owner of the rental property who cannot shed any light on the mystery," Cr Tully said.

"The property was previously owned by the Surman family who may have some connection with the photos."

Cr Tully said the large hand-coloured photos "measure an average of 750 square centimetres and are set in ornate wooden frames which are in fair condition".

He said the back of one of the photographs bore a label from picture framers Dimond Bros, whose studio was listed as Leichardt St, Brisbane.

"The earliest reference in old newspapers I have found to Dimond Bros in Brisbane is 125 years ago in 1889, so these photos could be well over a hundred years old," Cr Tully said.

"It would be tremendous if the community could solve this mystery and safely return these photographs to the family involved."

Cr Tully said if anyone recognised their family members or acquaintances in the photos, they should contact him at his Goodna office by phoning 3818 6900 or by email at

Cr Paul Tully is appealing for public help to track down the owner of these mystery photographs found under a Goodna home. Photo: Contributed
Cr Paul Tully is appealing for public help to track down the owner of these mystery photographs found under a Goodna home. Photo: Contributed Contributed

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