Gathering information from the past …….
Preserving it for the future

New Farm & Districts Historical Society is a community-based organisation whose members are passionate about ensuring the rich and vibrant history of New Farm and nearby suburbs is not forgotten.

The area was once a semi-rural retreat for a few well-heeled families on large well-chosen sites. Gradually the large estates gave way to gentleman’s villas and worker’s cottages and eventually much of the suburb became working class, industrial and shipping. Urban renewal brought many changes as the suburbs became gentrified once again making New Farm and the surrounding districts some of the most desired areas of Brisbane in which to live.

The society promotes an understanding of the history of the area and how it evolved from one of Brisbane’s earliest settlements to the present.

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Latest Events

Famous Business: Brown and Broad, Newstead

Saturday, 28 May 2022 On Breakfast Creek Rd near the gasometer once stood the venerable business of Brown and Broad, Newstead Homes (est. 1898).  One of its founders was George Brown, a self-made businessman who was a pioneer of the Queensland timber industry. To tell us all about George and the business at the Society’s meeting

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2021 AGM & Tribute to Ross

Enjoy the highlights of this event by viewing: https://vimeo.com/showcase/8785400 On 28 August 2021, the Society paid tribute to Ross Garnett’s sterling contribution as president for 17 of the society’s 27 years. The event unfolded with informal precision to the delight of the 100 attendees. Life Member and renowned artist David Hinchliffe conducted the AGM in

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