past events

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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 […]

2018-10-28T14:13:05+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 […]

2018-10-28T14:20:30+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