Upcoming Events

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 will be the speaker at the August meeting.

Who was the author?—and who and what inspired him to write this yarn filled with a cavalcade of eccentric characters?

Gerard will present a slide show of the places, people and experiences that likely loomed large in the literary imagination of the author (pictured, above).

There will be a reading from the novel—and yes, there is a New Farm connection.

All are welcome at the meeting.

2-4pm |  Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre

Followed by afternoon tea.

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 Fellow at the State Library of Queensland.

Stories abound of Sir Manuel’s generosity and ‘can do’ attitude. Julie might even mention the ‘Betty Mansion’ , the doll’s house built for his daughter which later stood in Bedford Park, Spring Hill.

2-4pm | Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre

Afternoon tea is included. Be sure to arrive early, and all are welcome.

For more details, please phone 0409 498 402.

Or Vice-President Phil is pleased to announce that Story Bridge Adventure Climb has kindly supplied a ticket as a Lucky Door Prize at the July talk. What an experience for you or your grandchild.

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 changed all that.

Look out for the Society’s July Newsletter which will feature a full report. By the way, in case you are wondering about that car door in the photo… You guessed it… the students’ version of a ‘lucky door prize’!

Salves, balms and homespun remedies

 26th May 2018

QUEENSLAND’S record of invention and innovation extends to the design and manufacture of familiar potions and extraordinary strategies to popularise them. Queenslanders were also ready adopters of similar remedies devised overseas and marketed through personal contact.

This talk examines the history of three Queensland remedies—two of which were marketed well beyond our shores—and looks at the ways in which an American company achieved deep market penetration in Queensland for its wide range of ‘cure-alls’, says well-known historian Helen Gregory, who will be the speaker at our May meeting.

All are invited to attend on Saturday 26th May | 2-4pm | Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre.

All are welcome. Afternoon tea will be provided.

For more details, please phone 0409 498 402.

April Meeting – George’s yarns sure to suit you…

28 April 2018

While the George Symons’ family business manufactured uniforms for the Queensland Police, Railways, Ambulance, Fire Brigade and the RAAF, as well as lots of school wear, the name is most famously associated with men’s fashion
garments and suits.

George Symons himself will be the speaker at our April meeting.

Applying all of his charming raconteurial skills, he’ll stitch together the family generational story, starting from the small Greek island of Castellorizo, and he’ll mark out the seam that continues through Egypt, Gallipoli during WWI with the Aussies, Adelaide, Melbourne, and finally Brisbane, and not forgetting exports to Hong Kong and four shops in Sydney.

“Yes, there are even New Farm connections,” says George, a well known local resident.

Come and hear George’s skilfully-tailored yarns on Saturday 28 April, 2-4pm, at Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre. Arrive early, and bring a friend since all are welcome. Afternoon tea will be provided.