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November Meeting – Year of Disaster: Brisbane 1864 – date change to 18th Nov

18th November 2017 | 10am-12noon

1864 was such a terrible year for Brisbane.

If you could ask a Brisbane oldtimer about 1864, he would tell you that it was a dreadful year: “The town endured a cyclone and flood, then an outbreak of typhoid, not forgetting three major fires that destroyed most of Queen Street.”

October meeting – The Brisbane Hospital (RBWH): 150 years at Herston

28th October 2017

This year, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital celebrates 150 years of  nursing and midwifery, so the timing is perfect for Dr Cliff Pollard to recount some of the highlights of this venerable  institution.

The first public hospital in Brisbane was established on 12 January 1849 near the site of the recently-demolished Supreme Court […]

Presidents Report – Your office holders for another year

by Ross Garnett

Many  thanks to those who attended the Annual General Meeting in August.

I have listed below the new committee for the 2017-2018 year.

Special thanks to Barry Martin as he retires from the committee. Barry has meticulously kept the membership list up to date for several years— however, you will be pleased to know that […]

Story Bridge

This article draws on the excellent history by Michael Moy, Story Bridge: Idea to Icon, as well as articles and information.

This fine structure is an icon for many New Farm residents as well as Brisbane and Queensland people. In 1926 the new Brisbane City Council recommended the building of a bridge linking Kangaroo Point to […]

New Farm in the War

Excerpts From Discussion – March 9, 2002

DURING World War Two, Brisbane, as the largest city in the northern part of Australia and General Macarthur’s Headquarters, was vulnerable.

New Farm was considered especially endangered being close to the River and wharves, naval base and American activities. Shell Co had an oil storage base at Montpelier Street, and […]

Marchant Bros: Paper Bag Manufacturers and Paper Merchants

1888 – Grandfather Marchant joined Mr. J 0’Brien in setting up a paper bag manufacturing business. It opened in Roma Street and later moved to the corner of Barry Parade and Gipps Street, Fortitude Valley. This business was named O’Brien and Marchant.

1923 – William Marchant retired and established his two sons, John Scott Marchant and […]