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April Newsletter — now available…

THERE’S lots to read in the latest newsletter, including a report about Dr Ellen McArthur’s popular talk to the Society in March, a profile of a Past President, the story of two brothers from Dalgety’s Wharf who went to WWI, and much more.

>> download it here.

Meanwhile, be sure to arrive early for “The Rag […]

2018-04-23T08:34:34+00:00

April Meeting – George’s yarns sure to suit you…

28 April 2018

While the George Symons’ family business manufactured uniforms for the Queensland Police, Railways, Ambulance, Fire Brigade and the RAAF, as well as lots of school wear, the name is most famously associated with men’s fashion
garments and suits.

George Symons himself will be the speaker at our April meeting.

Applying all of his charming raconteurial skills, […]

2018-04-16T09:58:31+00:00

“Talking Shop” at this month’s meeting

DO you enjoy shopping? Perhaps you’ve worked in a shop at some stage? Ever stopped to ask: How did things get to be this way?

Dr Ellen McArthur has spent years researching retail archives. She will be ‘Talking Shop’ at the March meeting of the New Farm and Districts Historical Society.

Come to meet Ellen and hear […]

2018-03-27T18:02:56+00:00

Wallace Bishop meeting went like clockwork

OVER 110 people attended the year’s first meeting of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society on Saturday 24 February. Guest speaker Wal Bishop, grandson of the founder of this famous Brisbane jewellery firm, and ably assisted by his daughter Virginia, had the audience enthralled.

There will be a full report in the March Newsletter of […]

2018-03-27T18:03:20+00:00

February Meeting – first for 2018

BRISBANE jeweller Wallace Bishop turned 100 last year.

Come and hear the founder’s grandson, Wal Bishop (aged 83), relating the story of this venerable family firm.

This will be the first meeting in 2018 for the Society. All are welcome to attend at 2-4pm on Saturday 24 February at Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre. Afternoon tea will […]

2018-03-27T18:03:33+00:00

Gasworks, part of Newstead’s identity…

FOR years after 1996, the area now known as Gasworks was an overgrown wasteland, languishing behind a wire fence. At last around 2004, something began happen, and the catchword of the day was ‘remediation’. This required innumerable truckloads of waste ground being carted away, to be replaced by clean material of the kind you see […]

2018-03-10T05:46:07+00:00