This book has been like putting together a large jigsaw with the pieces of the puzzle found through research in libraries, archives, interviews, oral histories and on line newspapers as well as visits to individual houses. The finished picture offers a rewarding insight into the backgrounds of over 20 homes. It offers a glimpse of the bigger picture - how the area grew from being a relatively exclusive semi-rural retreat for the well- heeled few to make way for the present day thriving community.The book is really about people - those who built the houses, the architects they employed and the families who lived in them. Some of the houses are long gone, but many of the significant early New Farm people lived there, including many who are noteworthy for their part in Queensland's history. Readers will enjoy not only this snapshot of the homes, but also the opportunity to look afresh at homes that previously seemed commonplace.