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McWhirters at our October meeting — to be live cast

Here’s your chance to revisit the McWhirters era when writer Melissa Fagan addresses the October meeting of the New Farm and Districts Historical Society. 

Melissa is a great-great-granddaughter of the enterprising Scottish draper, James McWhirter, who founded this retailing icon of Fortitude Valley in 1898.

“I will be delighted to relate some of the discoveries I […]

Sweet history of lollies — 26 Sept 2020

26th Sept 2020

Hoadley, MacRobertson and Sweetacres!

They were once household names for kids of the baby-boomer generation — so we are pleased to announce that the “Sweet history of lollies” is to be the subject of our meeting on Saturday 26 September at Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre.

Join Dr Toni Risson, historian and world expert on lollies, […]

Society on hold as history repeats itself – President’s Report

I am writing this on April Fool’s Day, but there are no tricks in this message!

It seems as if history is repeating itself—a pandemic just 101 years after the Spanish Flu contagion of 1919.

Luckily, we are in a very different world. We understand more about how diseases are spread; we live healthy lives, and are […]

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