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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

History Society books declared winners

At the Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre polling station, the History Society’s display and book-selling benefitted from a high-visibility position in front of those queuing to vote in the 2017 Queensland State Election.

As a result, 39 books were sold, several joined as members, and many more signed up to receive the free online newsletter. The display […]

2017-11-26T08:29:12+00:00

New Farm Croquet Club 1921

THE New Farm Croquet Club adjoined the New Farm Bowls Club. The two homes in the background facing Lower Bowen Terrace are (from left) Sandford (No. 595) and Duddingston (No. 591).

The patroness of the Club in 1921 was Mrs J.N. McCallum. The McCallum family home, Duddingston, was very convenient to the club!

Both magnificent homes still stand, and […]

2017-11-26T08:24:14+00:00

NFDHS features in national bulletin

OUR SOCIETY is the “Featured Historical Society” in the latest E-bulletin of the Canberra-based Federation of Australian Historical Societies, which represents around 1,000 historical and heritage societies in Australia.

Dr Bernadette Flynn, the Federation’s Online Outreach Officer, happened to stay at Teneriffe when she was attending the Federation’s AGM at the Royal Historical Society […]

2017-11-19T09:02:44+00:00