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Brisbane History West is a collaborative resource set up to provide an internet presence for the history groups in the inner south western suburbs that don’t have their own dedicated website.  Its purpose  is to supplement existing activities and encourage community awareness and participation in the study and recording of local history.

Each of the groups focus on specific geographical areas which jointly cover the present day suburbs of Chelmer, Corinda, Graceville, Indooroopilly, Oxley, St Lucia, Sherwood and Taringa. Arbitrary boundaries aside, with some subtle variations the area shares a common history.

If you are unfamiliar with the blog format this Home page has all the articles uploaded to date in chronological order. Each has been categorised so if you are looking to minimise scrolling click on the relevant Topic (right hand side margin for PC users). The articles are a mix of frequently asked questions, meeting notices, research notes and papers,  and general news items.

Please feel free to contact us if you are working on a project and are wondering how to share your research effort, contributions are welcome. The site is self-funded and supported by the participating groups and societies which rely solely on volunteer resources. The individual groups retain their independence.

The publication Brisbane Spreads West– A local history 1840 to 1901 is the combined work of a number of local groups and societies, drawing on their research of the history of the western and south western suburbs of Brisbane. It is available from the participating groups or from the State Library Book Shop

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Richlands, Inala & Suburbs History Group December Meeting

Tuesday 10 December 2019. This meeting will be our end of year breakup, for further details contact secretary@rihghistory.org.au

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St Lucia History Group December Meeting

2pm Saturday 7 December 2018 at the Toowong Community Meeting Place, Josling Street, Toowong. This month will be our annual joint meeting with Taringa History Group. Please note 2pm start. For further information contact Andrew Darbyshire slhgcoordinator@gmail.com

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Warner’s Road north of the river

Diagram illustrating the provision made for road reserves as part of the initial sub-division of the area that would become St Lucia. 22 lots would be offered for sale (‘Portion’ numbers shown)

There has often been discussion at St Lucia History Group meetings about the reported difficulties experienced by the early European settlers accessing Brisbane in the late 1850s/early 1860s. The requirement to deliver their produce to market in town by rowboat is well recorded and reflects on the state of early road making.

When the surveyors prepared the original sub-division plans for St Lucia they included for ‘Government’ roads. In reality these were merely identified road reserves. They were provided to enable free access to each of the lots offered for sale, without the need for easements,  and in addition, common access to the riverbank. The individual lots (Portions) were in the order of 40 acres each and dedicated roads were kept to a minimum, road reserves generated no income. Interestingly the first lot offered, which was purchased in 1852, is described as Portion 7 of the Parish of Indooroopilly. It had no nominated road access. Continue reading

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Oxley-Chelmer History Group November Meeting

9.30am Friday 29 November 2019 at a venue to be confirmed. This will be our end of year member’s function. For further details please contact Marion on 3379 1967 or ochginc@gmail.com

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Indooroopilly & District Historical Society November Meeting

5 for 5.30pm Wednesday 27 November 2019 at the Meeting Room, Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Indooroopilly. All welcome

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Toowong History Group November Meeting

7pm Wednesday 20 November 2018 at the Toowong Community Meeting Place, Josling Street, Toowong. This month Katrina Paten will present her great-aunt’s Reminiscences of Nursing an autobiographical sketch by Eunice Paten (1883-1973). Eunice lived in The Gap and was a prominent nursing figure in her day. The reminiscences include her service in both world wars and in civilian life.

For further details contact marilyn.england@bigpond.com


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Richlands, Inala & Suburbs History Group November Meeting

9.30 for 10am Tuesday 12 November 2019 at the Meeting Room, BCC Inala Library, Inala Civic Centre, Inala. For further details contact secretary@rihghistory.org.au

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