Moyra’s House: Who was the Mysterious Owner of this Abandoned Brisbane Home?

abandoned-australia-moyras-house-5 (All images by Darkday; inside Brisbane’s abandoned ‘Moyra’s House’)

What happens when we die? That’s a hefty philosophical question any way you look at it, but we’re not talking about the idea of a soul or an afterlife. We’re talking about what we leave behind – our legacy, and the things that we’ve spent a lifetime working for, accumulating, and enjoying.



Often, our most precious treasures are passed on down the family line. But what about those who have no families? What about those whose descendants simply aren’t interested, or those leading lonely existences, whose properties are shuttered and abandoned once they’ve gone?


Part of the appeal of urban exploration is the idea that, in some small way, those long-forgotten lives that once filled empty rooms and hallways can be captured and preserved in photographs, before abandoned places are swept aside forever.



That’s precisely what urban explorers have done at an abandoned house in Brisbane, Australia, which is said to have been the home of a woman named Moyra. Dates found on newspapers, stamps and ticket stubs have enabled explorers to estimate that the house has stood empty for decades, and offer a fragmented insight into the life of the mysterious Moyra.


Inside, the abandoned home could almost be the set of a spooky supernatural movie. Faded sheet music is strewn throughout the house, and a single harmonica still sits on the arm of a once well-loved chair. Record players and reel-to-reel tape recorders sit covered in dust.



It’s clear that Moyra loved her music, and it’s easy to imagine her home filled with the sounds of song. She held onto an invitation to a bridge party, dated September 19, 1931. A young socialite, perhaps? Moyra also saved her tickets for a bus tour through Paris in 1949. A long-awaited trip, maybe, taken only a few years after World War Two.


Moyra, whoever she was, clearly loved to sew and knit. Several knitting bags remain in situ, filled with projects that were destined never to be finished. There are more than a few sets of knitting needles, too, speaking to a woman who sat and thought of others – grandchildren, perhaps – as she worked.


Elsewhere, a handful of awards dating back to the 1960s suggest some success in breeding goats, while a fine silver cutlery set echoes a host who once enjoyed serving meals to friends and family. Moyra’s House also includes all manner of everyday items, including books and buttons, vintage cleaning products, pennies and spoons, old bottles and screwdrivers, stamps, shoe polish, scissors and more.



Ultimately, these mundane items could have belonged to anyone, but if the tales passed between Brisbane’s urban explorers are anything to go by, they once belonged to Moyra, whoever Moyra may have been.




moyras-house-abandoned-brisbane-10 (Images: Darkday; Moyra’s House is home to myriad abandoned treasures)

Related – 10 Abandoned Houses, Manors & Cottages


About the author: Debra Kelly




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