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 October 2-4pm at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre, and will be open to 50 attendees. All Covid precautions will apply. Entry is $5 ($4 for members).

To book your seat, please ring Desley on 0409 498 403 or email

UPDATE: Enjoy watching the video of the talk here.

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