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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 […]

Italian sanctuary in Newstead – October meeting

27th October 2018

Even those of us with no Italian will hazard a  fair guess as to the meaning of: “Associazione Nazionale Famiglie Emigrati”.

ANFE was started in Italy after WWII to assist migrants and their families who were often left back home when the breadwinner migrated overseas.

A Brisbane branch was founded in 1962 by New  Farm […]

September Meeting – Hanworth House

22nd September 2018

SEPTEMBER’S meeting of the Society will feature Marisa Vecchio AM telling the story of Hanworth House, the grand residence dating from 1864 which stands at 109 Lytton Road,East Brisbane.

The house was built for retired naval officer Captain George Poynter Heath who had been appointed marine surveyor of Queensland in 1860, and port master […]

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 […]