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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 […]

2018-10-17T17:11:14+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 […]

2018-09-26T05:29:50+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 […]

2018-09-23T06:31:37+00:00

Historic New Farm home entered onto state’s heritage register

Brisbane Times

Once the home of a Queensland Premier, a 101-year-old New Farm home has been entered onto the state’s heritage register.

The 1907-built Bowen Terrace home, Feniton, was designed by architect Robin Dods, who was recognised as one of Brisbane’s leading architects in the early 20th century.

The old home is recognised as a […]

2018-08-04T12:56:58+00:00

July Newsletter: Early days… fire… awardees

HAPHAZARD training in Queensland’s early days, the recent house fire in James Street, and two notable recipients of an Order of Australia are among the stories in the latest NFDHS Newsletter.

>> download it here.

JULY MEETING: Julie Hornibrook, 28 July, 2-4pm, Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre. All welcome!

 

 

2018-07-19T11:04:06+00:00

Teneriffe Festival’s impressive presence

PRESIDENT Ross Garnett extended heartfelt thanks to the almost 20 volunteers who supported the Historical Society presence in ‘History Lane’ (Ethel Street) at the 2018 Teneriffe Festival.

“What a team!” said Ross.

There were several new memberships and 35 people recorded their names to receive the newsletter. Many more enjoyed the opportunity to examine the photos on […]

2018-07-20T12:54:14+00:00

April Newsletter — now available…

THERE’S lots to read in the latest newsletter, including a report about Dr Ellen McArthur’s popular talk to the Society in March, a profile of a Past President, the story of two brothers from Dalgety’s Wharf who went to WWI, and much more.

>> download it here.

Meanwhile, be sure to arrive early for “The Rag […]

2018-04-23T08:34:34+00:00

“Talking Shop” at this month’s meeting

DO you enjoy shopping? Perhaps you’ve worked in a shop at some stage? Ever stopped to ask: How did things get to be this way?

Dr Ellen McArthur has spent years researching retail archives. She will be ‘Talking Shop’ at the March meeting of the New Farm and Districts Historical Society.

Come to meet Ellen and hear […]

2018-03-27T18:02:56+00:00

Wallace Bishop meeting went like clockwork

OVER 110 people attended the year’s first meeting of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society on Saturday 24 February. Guest speaker Wal Bishop, grandson of the founder of this famous Brisbane jewellery firm, and ably assisted by his daughter Virginia, had the audience enthralled.

There will be a full report in the March Newsletter of […]

2018-03-27T18:03:20+00:00