First meeting for 2021: Glamour in the skies

27th February 2021 THE FEBRUARY MEETING of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society will take you aloft for an insider’s peek into the fascinating occupation of air hostess. Imagine helping passengers with oxygen masks when flying over the Andes, or serving French champagne on Concorde… The job combines style, the thrill of flying, the …

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November Speaker: Dr Margaret Cook — River with a City Problem

28th November 2020 WHEN you build a town on a floodplain, you must be prepared for it to flood. That is the proposition underlying Dr Margaret Cook’s popular book, A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods. Margaret, a history lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, is to be the …

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McWhirters at our October meeting

Here’s your chance to revisit the McWhirters era when writer Melissa Fagan addresses the October meeting of the New Farm and Districts Historical Society.  Melissa is a great-great-granddaughter of the enterprising Scottish draper, James McWhirter, who founded this retailing icon of Fortitude Valley in 1898. “I will be delighted to relate some of the discoveries …

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