Brisbane in WWII: Meet Me at Lennon’s

Saturday, 23 April 2022 —— Enjoy the talk here. FOLLOWING Pearl Harbour and the fall of Singapore, the tremendous war effort meant that Americans forces soon ‘occupied’ Brisbane. All up, it is estimated that one million American troops passed through the city during 1942-45. “The social disruption altered the lives of so many in Queensland’s sleepy capital, particularly young women,” said Melanie Myers, the author of the novel Meet Me at Lennon’s.  At our April meeting, Melanie will speak about the effects and legacy—good and bad—of this tumultuous period.  All are welcome at the Uniting Church Centre, 52 Merthyr Rd, New

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First meeting for 2022: Newstead House

Saturday, 26 March 2022 —— Enjoy the talk here. BRISBANE HISTORIAN Helen Gregory is to be the guest at our first meeting for 2022. She will speak about ‘The People of Newstead House’. It’s a timely topic since Brisbane’s beautiful 176-year-old sandstone and timber home is currently enjoying a $5M Queensland government renovation. “As well as the Leslies and all their connections, there is J.C. Wickham, James Clark the pearling king, and Harris the businessman whose daughter was the mother of a future Governor-General,” says Helen. It promises to be a most interesting meeting so arrive early on Saturday, 26 March, 2.30-4.30pm,

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“Two to the Valley” opening

Exhibition Opening The opening of the “Two to the Valley” exhibition is set for 5pm on Thursday, 17 March, at the Maud Street Photo Gallery, 6 Maud St, Newstead. You are invited to book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/…/rsvp-opening-event-two… Published in 1992, the book featured photographs by David Hinchliffe capturing the essence of The Valley, its architecture and its populace… For instance, pictured is Keri Craig in front of the family fashion manufactory in the Freedman building, Ann St. Admission: $10.

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Previous Talks: Coronet Court

Coronet Court Flats Revisited :: View the talk here. Coronet Court at 995 Brunswick St, a New Farm landmark since 1933, was the subject of a talk to the Society in 2010 by Tamsin O’Connor whose family has been connected with the building for almost 80 years. Luckily, Tamsin’s address was recorded, and may be viewed here for your pleasure. Since 2010, there have been some developments worthy of mention. Tamsin’s chapter in the 2015 book Brisbane Art Deco offers a fuller account of Coronet Court. Meanwhile, the property has been strata-titled and four gorgeous flats have been sold. A unique (and award-winning) heritage

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Lighting up Brisbane

Saturday, 27 November 2021 —— Enjoy the talk here In February 2018 when digging up William St in Brisbane in preparation for the new Queen’s Wharf project, workmen made an amazing discovery, something to set the hearts of historically-minded electrical engineers racing. “Hey, we’ve just found an Edison Tube!” could well have been the exultant exclamation. What is an Edison Tube, and what was it doing in William St? Did Thomas Edison conceivably visit Brisbane? Come along and find out when local resident and society member, Stuart Wallace, addresses the November meeting of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society. The

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The bells of St Stephen’s

Saturday, 30 October 2021 —— Enjoy the talk here At our October meeting, historian Sr Anne Hetherington will present ‘The Bells of St Stephen’s’, centring on the St Stephen’s site in Elizabeth St which dates from 1843. St Stephen’s Chapel is Brisbane’s oldest still-standing church, and is one of only three pre-separation buildings remaining in Brisbane. Anne is a Sister of Mercy, a former teacher and Principal of All Hallows’ School. “Bells will receive a passing mention,” she says, “but the emphasis will be on the history and architecture of both the chapel and the current cathedral. In recent years I

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