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 guest speaker […]


Live cast of the McWhirters’ talk

HEAR all about the McWhirters era when writer Melissa Fagan is the guest speaker at the coming October meeting of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society.

Join us for the live cast on Saturday, 24 October 2-4pm at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre. All Covid precautions will apply. Entry is $5 ($4 for members).

You may […]


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 I […]


Sweet history of lollies — 26 Sept 2020

26th Sept 2020

Hoadley, MacRobertson and Sweetacres!

They were once household names for kids of the baby-boomer generation — so we are pleased to announce that the “Sweet history of lollies” is to be the subject of our meeting on Saturday 26 September at Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre.

Join Dr Toni Risson, historian and world expert on lollies, […]


Livecast meeting: 22 August 2020

Well ahead of the start time, the hall at Merthyr Road was ready for attendees to be suitably physically distanced.

By 2pm, around 40 members were seated. The two cameras were rolling, thus enabling anyone anywhere  to log in so as to hear Jill Barker’s fascinating talk about “The Japanese House in New Farm”. Listeners also […]


March Event – Come to the Cinema | POSTPONED

28th March 2020

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Here’s something very different for the meeting of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society on Saturday 28 March.

Come to enjoy an historic film in an historic theatre.

The main event is the 1940 classic comedy ‘Dad Rudd M.P.’ which includes familiar themes:

  • dams and water […]

Flying High: The remarkable life of Aviatrix Lores Bonney

22nd February 2020

Mrs Lores Bonney, wife of Harry Bonney, a wealthy leather goods manufacturer, appears  a to have led a fairly conventional life in their comfortable home in Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills— until she met her husband’s cousin, Bert Hinkler.

The year was 1928 and Bert had just landed at Eagle Farm after the […]


Event – Moray Street’s premier citizen

23rd November 2019

Jacarandas are pictured in bloom at Sir Samuel Griffith’s grand residence, Merthyr, which had frontages to Moray Street (between Merthyr and Sydney Sts) and the river.

The man who was to be twice Premier, then Chief Justice of Queensland, arrived in Queensland in the 1850s. He was responsible for important social and legal reforms.

To […]

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