How Brisbane was sewered

Saturday 26 June, 2.30pm — View the presentation here. “THE Long Story of How Brisbane was Sewered” is the intriguing title of our June meeting when our guest is to be Colin Hester (Head of Environmental Solutions, Environmental & Industrial, Urban Utilities) who is also a researcher and writer about local history and industrial heritage. “Have you ever wondered why Brisbane was the last Australian capital city to be sewered?” asks Col, as he explains that the job started in 1912 yet it wasn’t until 1980 that Lord Mayor Clem Jones could claim to have sewered the city. Col will throw

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Joshua Jeays made his mark

Saturday 22 May, 2.30pm — View the meeting here. “IT would be a pleasure to share some of my research about Joshua Jeays, an important early resident and builder in Brisbane,” says Beryl Roberts, author of the book He made his Mark, who is to be the speaker at our meeting in May.   Jeays started work in England as a carpenter, then in Brisbane he worked as a builder, architect and stonemason.  He also contributed to civic life as a member of the first Brisbane Municipal Council, after which he was the fourth Mayor of Brisbane. Jeays Street in

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New Farm Anzacs on the Honour Boards

24 April 2021 — View the meeting here. AT our April meeting, the presenter will be Noel Adsett OAM who has researched the lives of most of the soldiers, doctors and nurses whose names appear on the honour boards at St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Brisbane. “A number of those listed lived in New Farm,” said Noel, “The salient facts about their schooling, military service and later life at home are fascinating.” Noel will also offer an insight into their wartime experiences, their lives back in Brisbane and the impact of the Great War on their homes and families. A

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The birth of Anzac Day

27 March 2021. View the presentation here. AT our March meeting, historian, presenter and teacher, Mark Cryle, will explore the origins of Anzac Day. In 2016 Mark was awarded a Q Anzac 100 Fellowship from the State Library of Queensland. All would agree that Anzac Day is the country’s most significant national day and that it is capable of generating powerful emotional responses from Australians. “When the commemoration took shape during the traumatic years of WWI, it was an event which generated mixed feelings, especially as the horror of war dragged on,” says Mark. Mention will also be made of Canon

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First meeting for 2021: Glamour in the skies

27th February 2021 THE FEBRUARY MEETING of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society will take you aloft for an insider’s peek into the fascinating occupation of air hostess. Imagine helping passengers with oxygen masks when flying over the Andes, or serving French champagne on Concorde… The job combines style, the thrill of flying, the joy of travel—and the need to keep one’s cool under all circumstances. Our speaker is to be ex-stewardess and author, Libbie Escolme-Schmidt OAM, a Queenslander and former teacher who flew with BOAC (later British Airways) before working at their Training School. Longtime locals will remember

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November Speaker: Dr Margaret Cook — River with a City Problem

28th November 2020 WHEN you build a town on a floodplain, you must be prepared for it to flood. That is the proposition underlying Dr Margaret Cook’s popular book, A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods. Margaret, a history lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, is to be the guest speaker at the New Farm & Districts Historical Society’s meeting on Saturday, 28 November at 2pm. She may even mention the ‘canal across New Farm’, which was one of the novel solutions offered after the 1893 floods. Margaret will be introduced by Patrick Dixon,

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