Early forms of training in Brisbane were very rudimentary… Come and hear more at our 23 June meeting. All are welcome!
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
WHAT a transformation between 2008 and 2016 in the area between Evelyn Street and Skyring Terrace, Newstead. In the photo below, the Gasometer is hidden behind the trees at the base of the crane on the right hand side.
Before any of this recent development which was officially announced in 2007, the land was used for […]
IT’S hard to imagine a time when Pneumatic Cash Tubes and Cash Registers were ‘new technology’ — but that was part of what attracted almost 120 people on 24 March 2018 to hear Dr Ellen McArthur outline how far shopping had come since the days of hawkers and rudimentary shop fronts.
The speaker’s informative images showed how […]
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 […]
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 […]
BRISBANE jeweller Wallace Bishop turned 100 last year.
Come and hear the founder’s grandson, Wal Bishop (aged 83), relating the story of this venerable family firm.
This will be the first meeting in 2018 for the Society. All are welcome to attend at 2-4pm on Saturday 24 February at Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre. Afternoon tea will […]
SOCIETY President Ross Garnett would be the last person to seek recognition for going above and beyond the call of duty for the local community.
At any rate, someone in the Society decided to nominate him for the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards.
Ross says that it was a real surprise to receive an invitation to […]