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Heritage joys, heritage discoveries… – March Meeting

23rd March 2019

How many ghosts does your house have?

What kind of characters owned your property since it was built in 1895? Your house was once divided up into how many flats?!

These are some of the many questions which have been asked of Emma and husband Andrew in the years that they’ve been living in one […]

President’s Report – Leaping into 2019…

by Ross Garnett

Renovating  an old house can present many challenges and surprises.

When we renovated some 30 years back, our ‘surprise’ was the amount of oily soot that fell when we removed the sheeting off the ceiling – soot from many years of the Powerhouse billowing out smoke!

However, we didn’t find anything interesting as […]

February Meeting – Guess what else is under the lino…

23rd February 2019

Guest Speaker: Caylie Jeffery

You’re renovating your old New Farm Queenslander and after you pull up the lino, you can’t help taking a closer look at the newspaper underneath which is in remarkably good condition.Suddenly, you’re shocked to see a photo of your parents’ wedding from 50 years ago!

That’s the kind of thing that […]

November Meeting – One of New Farm’s earliest schools

24th November 2018

Once upon a time there was a modest learning institution in Moray Street, affectionately dubbed ‘The Little School that Time Forgot’. The New Farm Private School was established around 1893 and in 1900 it came under the charge of 23-year-old Miss Jeanette Stevenson.

Just before he died, Jeanette’s father William, a builder of Abbott […]

HMAS Ovens: Submarines in Brisbane and Fremantle during World War II and after

3rd Nov 2018

Both Brisbane and Fremantle saw scores of allied submarines based in these ports during the war years. A large facility was created in New Farm and Teneriffe, with thousands of submarine crews being accommodated in Brisbane. Speaker Roy Stall is one of the volunteer tour guides for the HMAS Ovens on the slipway […]

How a group of women have preserved the art of embroidery in Queensland

It’s an unprepossessing building on Brunswick Street. A yellow-and-red facade set north of the busy mall, with buses and cars rushing past at all hours of the day and night.

There’s nothing to tell the passer-by that a group of determined women once scraped together the funds to buy the building, or that it is a […]

Brisbane Open House – Winchcombe Carson Woolstore and the London Office Tour

13th October 2018

Unlock the history of the Winchcombe Carson Woolstore, the oldest surviving woolstore in Queensland. This attractive Federation era design building contains over one million bricks!

Following the demise of the wool industry, parts of the woolstore were used for various commercial and storage uses between 1981 and 2001, and then converted into its present […]

120th anniversary of McWhirter & Son

September 2018 marks the 120-year anniversary of the opening of McWhirter & Son, the cash drapery that went on to become one of Queensland’s biggest and best-loved department stores.

In 1894, my great-great grandfather James McWhirter senior began working for T.C. Beirne in his namesake business, and would stay there for four years – three of […]