events

Italian sanctuary in Newstead – October meeting

27th October 2018

Even those of us with no Italian will hazard a  fair guess as to the meaning of: “Associazione Nazionale Famiglie Emigrati”.

ANFE was started in Italy after WWII to assist migrants and their families who were often left back home when the breadwinner migrated overseas.

A Brisbane branch was founded in 1962 by New  Farm […]

2018-09-23T06:22:35+00:00

September Meeting – Hanworth House

22nd September 2018

SEPTEMBER’S meeting of the Society will feature Marisa Vecchio AM telling the story of Hanworth House, the grand residence dating from 1864 which stands at 109 Lytton Road,East Brisbane.

The house was built for retired naval officer Captain George Poynter Heath who had been appointed marine surveyor of Queensland in 1860, and port master […]

2018-09-30T05:29:13+00:00

Who and what inspired early novelist?

25th August 2018

A Young Englishman arrives to work on an outback sheep station and ends up writing a “fast-paced, suspenseful” novel that has melodrama, romance and comedy, with many surprising twists and turns.”

“Completed in 1865, it proved to be Queensland’s second novel, though the miraculously-found manuscript was only published in 2010,” said Gerard Benjamin who […]

2018-09-30T05:29:18+00:00

Hear about Hornibrook from his granddaughter

28th July 2018

THE speaker at the Society’s July meeting will be Julie Hornibrook, granddaughter of Sir Manuel (1893-1970), a name synonymous with master building in Queensland.

“It’s remarkable that my grandfather was able to contribute to the building of the Story Bridge, William Jolly Bridge and Hornibrook Highway during the 1930s’ Depression,” said Julie, a Research […]

2018-09-30T05:29:35+00:00

June Meeting: Haphazard training in the early days…

THIS photo from the beginning of Griffith Uni in Brisbane was part of Dr Bill Metcalf’s engrossing presentation to more than 90 attendees at June’s meeting of the New Farm and Districts Historical Society.

Early training in areas such as nursing, pharmacy, law and teaching was haphazard in the colony’s early days — but the universities […]

2018-09-30T05:29:41+00:00

Salves, balms and homespun remedies

 26th May 2018

QUEENSLAND’S record of invention and innovation extends to the design and manufacture of familiar potions and extraordinary strategies to popularise them. Queenslanders were also ready adopters of similar remedies devised overseas and marketed through personal contact.

This talk examines the history of three Queensland remedies—two of which were marketed well beyond our shores—and looks […]

2018-09-30T05:29:51+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, […]

2018-10-14T07:51:04+00:00

Event Report – Fascinating excursion into pharmaceutical history

Meeting | July 2017 | by Bernie Driessen

In front of a meeting that broke two records—around a dozen descendants of one ancestor present;and more medical professionals in theroom than ever before—James Delahunty kept 120 attendees enthralled with his account of pharmacy in Brisbane.

Many of those at the meeting would have remembered James as the ‘Ekka […]

2018-09-30T05:32:39+00:00