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Teneriffe Festival

6th July 2019

The Teneriffe Festival is a one-day event in and around the suburb’s riverside streets, offering visitors a full program of music, food, children’s entertainment, and historical displays.

The event was originally started to mark Teneriffe becoming a suburb again in its own right. This was after 150 years and it showcased the rich heritage […]

May Meeting – Grand house then cathedral site..

25th May 2019

Once upon a time, a grand house named Dara stood overlooking Fortitude Valley just across from All Hallows School.

The account of Dara and how the site became known as Cathedral Place will be the subject of our post-election meeting in May.The guest speaker will be Archdiocesan Archivist, Fr Denis Martin, author of the […]

Our 25 years project –  History of Shops & Businesses in New Farm

How did the many corner shops and businesses in New Farm (pre-supermarkets) survive?

It was a very different time when people walked to the shop, the butcher, the chemist, the doctor, the church …….

To keep this project manageable, we will concentrate on corner stores and butcher shops, but if you have other relevant stories to share, […]

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 […]