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Canoe lucky find for Pamphlett & Co.

IN the November NFDHS Newsletter you may have read the article (p 6) about the three ex-felons who proved to be the first white men to see the Brisbane River (1823).

After trekking about 40km along the southern side of the wide stream, the men discovered a native canoe which enabled them to cross the river.

A […]

2018-11-21T12:35:31+00:00

How a group of women have preserved the art of embroidery in Queensland

It’s an unprepossessing building on Brunswick Street. A yellow-and-red facade set north of the busy mall, with buses and cars rushing past at all hours of the day and night.

There’s nothing to tell the passer-by that a group of determined women once scraped together the funds to buy the building, or that it is a […]

2018-09-30T05:21:46+00:00

120th anniversary of McWhirter & Son

September 2018 marks the 120-year anniversary of the opening of McWhirter & Son, the cash drapery that went on to become one of Queensland’s biggest and best-loved department stores.

In 1894, my great-great grandfather James McWhirter senior began working for T.C. Beirne in his namesake business, and would stay there for four years – three of […]

2018-10-28T14:15:52+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

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

Memories of old Kangaroo Point

Some years ago, the Kangaroo  Point Neighbourhood Watch group produced a Heritage Walk booklet detailing a trail around Kangaroo Point visiting the many existing heritage locations.  The booklet is available for a gold-coin donation. Try the Medley Café, next to Yungaba on the east side of Kangaroo Point (incidentally a great place for coffee or […]

2017-11-19T09:02:18+00:00

A snapshot of Vera on Moray Street

During the late 1880s and early 1900s, New Farm, and especially the area around Moray Street, was the place to be—a sort of semi-rural retreat for politicians, lawyers, wealthy merchants, and property speculators.

Of the many fine residences that once graced leafy Moray Street in those days, only a handful have survived including the recently restored […]

2017-10-21T13:48:30+00:00