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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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SLHG Research Eight – Living in St Lucia before WW I, Community Organisations and the Guyatt Family

Living in St Lucia Part 1 draws on individual recollections and broader events to give a flavour of what life was like in our district from the beginnings of European settlement to the start of the 1939-45 War. Somewhat of a backwater before the construction of the University, much of St Lucia remained lightly farmed or bush during this period and the early lifestyle of our long term residents reflects this.

Community Organisations takes this further, providing a background to governance and land tenure, and then a more detailed look at the associations, clubs etc that evolved as the local community developed. And strong community spirit was evident even in the early days as the Indooroopilly Pocket farmers banded together to form the first coherent community to the immediate west of Brisbane. The local Progress Association was notable in lobbying to locate the University in the suburb in addition to promoting the local show, public debate, provision of local parks and services. Their final act was to sell their hall to fund the Ironside School swimming pool.

The Guyatts takes a closer look at one such family, David and Martha Guyatt who arrived in the 1880s and set up what is believed to be our first shop. The Ironside Post Office and Store took its name from the residential estate where it was initially located, and duly passed it on to the State School. David, an elected local government representative, was instrumental in establishing the Method Church on Ryans Road and the whole family active in some way in supporting the Methodist cause. His grandson Leo Guyatt was prominent in amateur dramatics and entertainment, and the emerging Brisbane theatre scene.

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Oxley-Chelmer History Group October Meeting

9.30am Friday 20 October 2017 at the Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL Sub-Branch, 2 Clewley St, Corinda (opposite the Services Club). For further details contact Marion on 3379 1967 or ochginc@gmail.com

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Kenmore and District Historical Society October Meeting

7pm Thursday 19 October 2017 at the Kenmore Library meeting room. For further  information contact Peter Nimmo on 0421 055 151 or kenmorehistory@gmail.com

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Moggill Historical Society October Meeting

2pm Sunday 22 October 2017 at the Moggill Cemetery, 3132 Moggill Road, Bellbowrie. This months meeting will include the MHS AGM (shortest in the district promised), a guided tour of the cemetery, and an update and plans for the cemetery, bora ring and Moggill Diggers commemorative projects. For further details contact Bobby Vollmer moggillhistorysecretary@gmail.com

[Please note no mid–week meeting this month]

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Toowong History Group October Meeting

7pm Wednesday 18 October 2017 at the Toowong Community Meeting Place, Josling Street, Toowong. This month Andrew Darbyshire will share with us his research on the early roller skating rinks in and around Brisbane. A non skater his interest was sparked by a chance drive by of the architecturally striking but now unused Inala Sports Centre. The centre opened in the late 1950s and was renowned not only for its success as a recreational venue for roller skating but also in the development of the sport. The 1970s were perhaps the heyday of roller skating at Inala and other venues but where did the public skate prior to this ? This will be the focus of this evenings talk. Limited room for demonstrations but bring your memories. All welcome. For further details contact marilyn.england@bigpond.com

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SLHG Research Seven – Industrial and Retail Development, Droughts, Floods, Heritage and Housing and Capemba

Whilst the suburb is probably best known for producing graduates St Lucia has over the years also been home to a number of industries including sugar milling and refining, boat building, fencing manufacture, joinery works and was where the Alvey Reel was refined and produced for 40 years. Industrial and Retail Development provides an outline of these activities together with information on the evolution of local service providers and shopping hubs.

Droughts, Floods, Heritage and Housing looks at the river’s propensity to realign its banks periodically, land values over time, heritage protected buildings, some modern ‘classic’ residences and a few that have been lost over time.

Only a stone’s throw outside the suburb’s boundary, the residence Capemba on Swann Road was designed by Alexander Brown Wilson for Queensland’s colourful meteorologist Clement Wragge. He developed the two acre property into a renowned sub-tropical garden. Having failed to secure the Commonwealth Meteorologist role when this was created following federation, he left for New Zealand selling the house to the up and coming Brisbane tailor and outfitter Thomas James Rothwell. These notes provide a background to the lives of these two men and how the property has fared over time.

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Indooroopilly and District Historical Society October Meeting

5 for 5.30pm Wednesday 11 October 2017 at the Meeting Room, Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Town. Discussion topics this month will include Margaret Graham’s  memories of Hunter Street, the location of her family home, and Michael Yeates on significant sites adjoining the Harts, Lambert and Indooroopilly Roads ‘triangle’. All welcome

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