Category Archives: Research

Land Resumptions – UQ’s move to St Lucia

It was generally accepted that when the University of Queensland (UQ) was established in its first home at Gardens Point, based in the 1860s Government House, this was an interim arrangement. It didn’t take long for teaching space to become … Continue reading

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Serviceton/Inala Built Environment

The residential suburb we now know as Inala owes its beginnings to a group of  ex-servicemen who on return from the 1939-45 War set up a cooperative to purchase land and construct new homes for themselves. They were foresighted and … Continue reading

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Warner’s Road north of the river

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 … Continue reading

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St Lucia Farm School- ‘The gate of opportunity is wide open to the boy who passes through St Lucia’

The St Lucia Farm School was established as one of the state government’s responses to the 1930s economic depression brought about by the world wide slump in trade. Post Federation Australia was still reliant on its major trading partner the … Continue reading

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Charles Street, a shopkeeper of nineteenth century Brisbane

In 1865 Devon born Charles Street was 42 when he and his wife Elizabeth (nee Stanton) boarded the Flying Cloud  bound for Brisbane. He had spent the previous 20 years in America. Initially employed there as a clerk, by the … Continue reading

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Muscle Powered Vehicular Ferries

River ferries have long been a feature of the daily life of Brisbane. Prior to the construction of the first bridge connecting North and South Brisbane in the 1860s they were essential for both personal and commercial use. Even after … Continue reading

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Portion 683 Parish of Indooroopilly

Created in 1859, and hungry for revenue, the new Colony of Queensland quickly passed legislation identifying large tracts of ‘alienated’ land to be sold at auction. This was the continuation of the process commenced in the early 1840s when Moreton … Continue reading

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Toowong History Group July/August/September 2018 Meetings

Each month the Toowong History Group has a guest speaker who gives a presentation on various aspects of local history based on their research or personal experience. The meetings are an ideal opportunity to listen to and interact with like … Continue reading

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Taringa History Group Meeting Notes 2009 and 2010

The Taringa History Group was formed in 2002, the initial goal to collect and record the essence of village life before it was lost. Since that time the group has held regular meetings and published Memories of Taringa Village in … Continue reading

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Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

When Barbara Wintringham retired as a volunteer guide after 25 years, she decided to put together a profile of some of the key players in the planning, establishment and development of the gardens at Mt Coot-tha. Together with one time … Continue reading

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Brisbane’s Early Roller Skating Rinks

The now sadly empty and deteriorating Inala Sports Centre on Rosemary Street holds a special place in the memories of a couple of generations who swam, skated or just hung out there during the 1960s,70s and 80s. Developed as a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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SLHG Research Ten – St Lucia during and after the 1939-45 War and Karl and Gertrude Langer

Once the Australian Defence Force commandeered the substantially completed first phase University  buildings for its Advanced Land Headquarters, the district became a hub of military activity. Residential properties in St Lucia, Taringa and Indooroopilly were requisitioned for officer’s accommodation, and … Continue reading

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SLHG Research Nine – Portion 9 Parish of Indooroopilly, A Bridge to St Lucia and Parks and Creeks

When offered for sale at the initial government land auction Portion 9, at 40 acres was typical of the Lots offered for sale in the district. It was quickly sub-divided into three, likely to make it more affordable as family … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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