past events

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

Heritage joys, heritage discoveries… – March Meeting

23rd March 2019

How many ghosts does your house have?

What kind of characters owned your property since it was built in 1895? Your house was once divided up into how many flats?!

These are some of the many questions which have been asked of Emma and husband Andrew in the years that they’ve been living in one […]

2019-03-30T02:55:41+10:00

February Meeting – Guess what else is under the lino…

23rd February 2019

Guest Speaker: Caylie Jeffery

You’re renovating your old New Farm Queenslander and after you pull up the lino, you can’t help taking a closer look at the newspaper underneath which is in remarkably good condition.Suddenly, you’re shocked to see a photo of your parents’ wedding from 50 years ago!

That’s the kind of thing that […]

2019-02-25T16:39:15+10:00

November Meeting – One of New Farm’s earliest schools

24th November 2018

Once upon a time there was a modest learning institution in Moray Street, affectionately dubbed ‘The Little School that Time Forgot’. The New Farm Private School was established around 1893 and in 1900 it came under the charge of 23-year-old Miss Jeanette Stevenson.

Just before he died, Jeanette’s father William, a builder of Abbott […]

2019-02-13T09:30:10+10:00

HMAS Ovens: Submarines in Brisbane and Fremantle during World War II and after

3rd Nov 2018

Both Brisbane and Fremantle saw scores of allied submarines based in these ports during the war years. A large facility was created in New Farm and Teneriffe, with thousands of submarine crews being accommodated in Brisbane. Speaker Roy Stall is one of the volunteer tour guides for the HMAS Ovens on the slipway […]

2018-11-08T06:48:20+10:00

Brisbane Open House – Winchcombe Carson Woolstore and the London Office Tour

13th October 2018

Unlock the history of the Winchcombe Carson Woolstore, the oldest surviving woolstore in Queensland. This attractive Federation era design building contains over one million bricks!

Following the demise of the wool industry, parts of the woolstore were used for various commercial and storage uses between 1981 and 2001, and then converted into its present […]

2018-10-28T14:15:23+10:00

120th anniversary of McWhirter & Son

September 2018 marks the 120-year anniversary of the opening of McWhirter & Son, the cash drapery that went on to become one of Queensland’s biggest and best-loved department stores.

In 1894, my great-great grandfather James McWhirter senior began working for T.C. Beirne in his namesake business, and would stay there for four years – three of […]

2018-10-28T14:15:52+10:00