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Brisbane History West is an initiative of the St Lucia History Group, Centenary Suburbs Historical Society, Indooroopilly & District Historical Society, Kenmore and District Historical Society, Moggill Historical Society, Oxley-Chelmer History Group, Richlands, Inala and Suburbs History Group, Taringa History Group,  Toowong and District Historical Society and the Toowong History Group.

The intent of this collaboration is to provide a platform to raise community awareness and participation in the study and recording of local history, showcase current research and assist with queries. The individual groups retain their independence.

This site is self-funded and supported by the participating groups and societies which rely solely on volunteer resources.

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Toowong and District Historical Society November Meeting

9.30am Friday 24 November 2017 at the Meeting Room, Toowong Library, Toowong Village Shopping Centre. This month Carlie Jeffery will present Under the Lino the remarkable story of what you can find when you begin to renovate an old house.  For further information tdhsoc@gmail.com

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Brisbane History Group 18 November 2017 Seminar

12.30pm Saturday 18 November 2017 at St Joseph’s College, 285 Gregory Terrace. The first of two seminars examining tertiary education in Brisbane, guest speakers at this event will focus on the period before there were universities. For details and booking refer to the attached flyer. The May 2018 follow up will include a book launch featuring the papers presented at both seminars

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Kenmore and District Historical Society Month Meeting

7pm Thursday 16 November 2017 at the Kenmore Library meeting room. For further  information contact kenmorehistory@gmail.com

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Toowong History Group November Meeting

7pm Wednesday 15 November 2017 at the Toowong Community Meeting Place, Josling Street, Toowong. Conditions on every fighting front posed serious issues for the health of soldiers during the 1914-18 War. Over 6 million British and British Empire soldiers were treated for sickness, and without improvements in sanitation and medical care, the figure could have been far higher. This month Helen Smith will tell us more about the health problems soldiers faced in the war. All welcome. For further details contact marilyn.england@bigpond.com

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Moggill Historical Society November Meeting

Wednesday 22 November 2017. This month our regular evening meeting will be replaced with a morning visit and guided tour of the Victoria Barracks in Petrie Terrace. Bookings required by 15th November, for further details contact Bobby Vollmer moggillhistorysecretary@gmail.com

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Richlands, Inala & Suburbs History Group November Meeting

9.30 for 10am, Tuesday 14 November 2017 at the BCC Inala Library, Inala Shopping Centre, Corsair Ave, Inala. All welcome. Enquiries to Angela, telephone 3372 2358 or secretary@rihghistory.org.au

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SLHG Research Eleven – St Lucia Pre-School, St Thomas Aquinas School and Riverford

This history of the St Lucia Pre-School outlines some of the challenges associated with establishing and maintaining this community service. Whilst St Lucia specific it is more than likely these were typical of those faced by its contemporaries in other parts of Brisbane. This paper, prepared by former Director Isa Maynard, and based on material unearthed by Marjorie Voss, covers the period from its establishment in 1948 up until 2000. 2018 will mark this local ‘institution’s’ seventieth year of operation.

Recycled military huts also feature in the history of the St Thomas Aquinas Parish, services commencing in a two storey configuration in Eighth Avenue prior to the current church being constructed. The huts also provided accommodation for the St Thomas Aquinas School, an initiative of the Brigidine sisters, which operated from 1953. Former student Liz Little prepared this history following a reunion in 2006, forty years after the school closed its doors.

Check out when the Title for your house lot was first registered and there is a good chance it will be in either the 1880s or the 1920s by which time most of the land in St Lucia had been sub-divided for residential purposes. Both were periods of comparative economic confidence. St Lucia’s third phase of residential sub-division began in the 1970s as houses were demolished and replaced with multiple dwelling strata titled units, and multi-storey apartments. This paper tracks the progressive sub-division for one such tower block, Riverford, which was built on part of what was the first land freeholded in St Lucia, Robert Cribb’s Lang Farm.

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