How Brisbane was sewered

Saturday 26 June, 2.30pm

“THE Long Story of How Brisbane was Sewered” is the intriguing title of our June meeting when our guest is to be Colin Hester (Head of Environmental Solutions, Environmental & Industrial, Urban Utilities) who is also a researcher and writer about local history and industrial heritage.

“Have you ever wondered why Brisbane was […]


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 joy of […]


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 […]

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