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, the well known Brisbane realtor who specialised in riverside property.

The meeting is to be held at the Uniting Church Centre, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm, and will be open to 50 attendees. All Covid considerations will apply. Entry is $5 ($4 for members).

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

The meeting will be live cast, and soon after will be available on Vimeo.


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