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, oysters, fish, chops,sausages, lamb’s fry, and ‘delicacies’ such as baked beans on toast!
You’ll remember that George last spoke to the Society in April 2018. His witty and accomplished raconteurship means that his ability to convey the experience of newcomers to Australia is thoroughly entertaining.
2-4 pm | Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre.
Afternoon tea will be provided. Be sure to arrive early! Tell your friends that they are all welcome.
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 deadliest disaster that Brisbane ever endured.
The speaker at the New Farm & Districts Historical Society meeting for August will be Matthew Wengert, an historical researcher and author of City in Masks: How Brisbane fought the Spanish Flu.
“Though the details are dramatic and sad, there’s also an inspirational dimension: the heroic work of the doctors and nurses as well as the efforts of the authorities to stop it spreading,” said Matthew.
Come to meet Matthew | 2-4pm | Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre.
All most welcome!
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 be moderate with a few gentle hill climbs.
The cost is $22 ($20 members).
At our coming monthly meeting on 27 July, book your spot from the Society’s table. Places limited.