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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Early wheels for Queenslanders

Saturday, 25 September 2001 :: View the talk here. The Canada Cycle and Motor Agency was established by long-term New Farm resident, Alexander Vaughan Dodwell of Moray St. With branches and agencies throughout Queensland and around 200 employees by 1914, CCM was a major Queensland company during 1905–1929. The business imported early motor cars, trucks and motor cycles, brands of which included Darracq, Renault, Studebaker, Dodge, and Indian. To tell us about this remarkable enterprise at our September meeting will be Dr Hilary Davies, author and senior heritage officer with the Queensland Government. “CCM’s rapid ascendency crashed with the Great Depression

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The Garnett Family Grocery Store

Saturday 28 August 2021, 2.30pm The Garnett Family Grocery Store GROWING up in a small family shop is similar to being raised on a farm: every member has chores from an early age—and while there are few breaks from the business, there are life lessons to be learned galore. The Garnett Family Grocery Store was at 152 James St for around 84 years—and this is to be the topic of the talk by both Ross and Desley Garnett at our August meeting, following the AGM formalities. “A new house on the block adjoining where the old shop stood at James

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A Short History of Swimming in Brisbane

Saturday 24 July 2021, 2.30pm — View Steve’s talk here…  BRISBANE’S love affair with swimming from early colonial days to the present will be in focus at the July meeting of the New Farm and Districts Historical Society. The speaker is to be Steve Capelin, a writer who is a member of the West End Making History Group. “The river was the site of early bathing, though mixed bathing and the irreverent behaviour of young men was frowned upon,” says Steve. “From that moment onwards and for the following 180 years, Brisbane has sought to create ever more sophisticated facilities.”  Sure

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Sewering Brisbane: Long story… great presentation

ACCORDING to speaker Col Hester from Urban Utilities on Sat 26 June 2021 at New Farm: “What allows you to have a nice quality of life and not drop dead before you are one (reference to the terrible child mortality rate in early Brisbane town), is the fact of all these red lines here (pointing to a plan of New Farm)… and not just here. In Brisbane, there are 9,000 km of water and sewer mains…” View this presentation.

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