Upcoming Events

Event – Serious killer’s 100th anniversary

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!

Walking Tour

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.

September Meeting — Urban Renewal: Teneriffe’s renaissance?

BUT for urban renewal in Teneriffe, the pleasing lines of buildings such as the London Woolstore (pictured above) may have been reduced to rubble.

The 1991 federal government initiative “Building Better Cities” prompted the creation of the Urban Renewal Task Force in Brisbane. 

“It coincided with the city fathers wanting to find the buzz of the next Expo-type experience—and to once and for all throw off the shackles of being a big country town,” says Ben Pritchard of Teneriffe, who is to speak at the meeting in September 2019 of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society.

“Was it controversial and divisive—or the renaissance we had to have, to misquote Paul Keating?” asks Ben.

Come and be reminded of what has come about in the last 28 years and decide if it has Built a Better City.

You can declare your verdict when Ben addresses the meeting on Saturday, 28 September, 2-4pm, at Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre. Afternoon tea will be provided. Bring along your friends. All are welcome.