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 …

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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 …

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Sweet history of lollies — 26 Sept 2020

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Japanese House in New Farm – Event

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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 …

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