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Story Bridge

This article draws on the excellent history by Michael Moy, Story Bridge: Idea to Icon, as well as articles and information.

This fine structure is an icon for many New Farm residents as well as Brisbane and Queensland people. In 1926 the new Brisbane City Council recommended the building of a bridge linking Kangaroo Point […]


Ed Rosenstengel – Cabinet Maker

When one thinks of fine furniture, the names of Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton spring to mind, but prewar New Farm had its own fine cabinet maker in Ed Rosenstengel, whose factory was at 524 Brunswick Street.

Edmund Rosenstengel, born of German immigrant parents in Toowoomba in 1887, travelled the world to hone his skill in cabinet […]


New Book: Homes with History on the New Farm Peninsula

By Gerard Benjamin

This book, launched by the former Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC earlier this year, is a collection of stories, architectural notes and historical anecdotes of 20 local homes.

The New Farm locality was once a semi-rural retreat for a few well-heeled families on […]


Event Report – Fascinating excursion into pharmaceutical history

Meeting | July 2017 | by Bernie Driessen

In front of a meeting that broke two records—around a dozen descendants of one ancestor present;and more medical professionals in theroom than ever before—James Delahunty kept 120 attendees enthralled with his account of pharmacy in Brisbane.

Many of those at the meeting would have remembered James as the ‘Ekka […]


September Meeting – Man of steel’s grand-daughter to offer EDI insights

Saturday, 23 September | 2PM

IN 1911, Arthur Joseph Deakin and Daniel Evans formed a partnership that would have far-reaching significance for Brisbane.

From humble beginnings as an engineering supply business, Evans Deakin Industries (EDI) grew to be a successful steel manufacturing company, responsible for such iconic Brisbane landmarks as the Story Bridge, the Grey Street Bridge, […]