events

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 […]

2019-10-30T07:10:20+10:00

Teneriffe Walk

5 October 2019

Gerard will conduct an Historical Walk around Teneriffe on Saturday, 5 October, 9-11.30am.

Meet from 8.30 onwards at Dot210 Cafe at 53 Vernon Terrace.

It will include a look inside a wool store, a leisurely climb to the heights of Teneriffe Hill, a mini bush walk, and a survey of the Submariners Heritage Walk, plus […]

2019-10-06T09:58:43+10:00

Reflecting on Brisbane bricks…

26th October 2019

A new book entitled Brisbane Bricks by local authors Joanne Heath and Virginia Russell has had people looking afresh at an astonishing variety of the city’s landmarks.

Joanne and Virginia will be the guest speakers at the October meeting of the New Farm and Districts Historical Society.

Virginia, a former Sydney architect, thought that most […]

2019-10-30T07:08:19+10:00

September Meeting — Urban Renewal: Teneriffe’s renaissance?

28th September 2019

But for urban renewal in Teneriffe, the pleasing lines of buildings such as the London Woolstore (pictured above) may have been reduced to rubble.

The 1991 federal government initiative “Building Better Cities” prompted the creation of the Urban Renewal Task Force in Brisbane. 

“It coincided with the city fathers wanting to find the buzz […]

2019-10-06T10:00:26+10:00

Walking Tour

31st August 2019

Interested in a walking tour around the streets of New Farm?

Here’s a chance to view a selection of local landmarks and to hear a little of their architecture and social history, from society member Gerard Benjamin.

The event is planned for Saturday 31 August, commencing at 9am and finishing at 11.30.

The walking pace will […]

2019-09-03T13:23:08+10:00

Event – Serious killer’s 100th anniversary

24th August 2019

The late Dr Harry Windsor—who once lived in a house on Merthyr Road—recalls as a child accompanying his father on his medical rounds.

Pointed out to him were the red crosses on the front doors of some houses during the 1919 pandemic.

The Spanish Flu that year was the biggest killer in history and the […]

2019-09-03T13:23:18+10:00

Tales of a Greek cafe and much, much more…

27th July 2019

At our July meeting we welcome back George Symons with more stories about his Greek background,this time from the other side of the family in Melbourne.

“My grandfather ran the Mangos Cafe in Chapel Street, Windsor for 42 years. It became famous,” George said. The cafe’s classic fare reputedly included eggs, […]

2019-07-30T14:23:44+10:00

Crime in New Farm – June meeting

22nd June 2019

This suburb’s crime past…

New Farm hasn’t always been the suburb that rates a nine out of 10 for tranquillity.

Go back 30 or more years and the reaction was likely to be, “New Farm? Why on earth would you want to live there?”

What they really meant of course was, “What about the unsavoury characters, […]

2019-07-17T08:53:00+10:00

May Meeting – Grand house then cathedral site..

25th May 2019

Once upon a time, a grand house named Dara stood overlooking Fortitude Valley just across from All Hallows School.

The account of Dara and how the site became known as Cathedral Place will be the subject of our post-election meeting in May.The guest speaker will be Archdiocesan Archivist, Fr Denis Martin, author of the […]

2019-06-11T08:46:43+10:00

April Meeting – Coming home after war…

27th April 2019

FOR our meeting closest to Anzac Day, we have invited Associate Professor Martin Crotty to talk about those returning home from war.

We often hear about the battles fought and lives lost in the great wars, but we do not often think about how returnees adjusted to life at home.

Come to meet Martin on […]

2019-04-29T04:18:55+10:00