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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Live cast of the McWhirters’ talk

HEAR all about the McWhirters era when writer Melissa Fagan is the guest speaker at the coming October meeting of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society. Join us for the live cast on Saturday, 24 October 2-4pm at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre. All Covid precautions will apply. Entry is $5 ($4 for members). You may be just lucky enough to book a last-minute seat to attend in person, by phoning Desley on 0409 498 403. Alternatively, watch the live cast at the link below. If you wish to post questions for the speaker, you are most welcome to

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McWhirters at our October meeting

Here’s your chance to revisit the McWhirters era when writer Melissa Fagan addresses the October meeting of the New Farm and Districts Historical Society.  Melissa is a great-great-granddaughter of the enterprising Scottish draper, James McWhirter, who founded this retailing icon of Fortitude Valley in 1898. “I will be delighted to relate some of the discoveries I made while researching  my book, What Will Be Worn: A McWhirters Story,” said Melissa. The book details five generations of women in her mother’s family, and weaves together stories that take in fashion, clothing and identity. The meeting will take place on Saturday 24

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Sweet history of lollies — 26 Sept 2020

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