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Indooroopilly Shoppingtown

This July marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and to mark the event the Indooroopilly & District Historical Society are looking to gather photographic images and memories of its early days. If you would … Continue reading

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A Taringa Childhood

Much has changed in the neighbourhood Eric Marggraf grew up in in the 1930s and 40s. In Wounded in the trenches Eric presents his early childhood memories of Taringa and beyond. Starting with the Manchester Terrace environs, the family home … Continue reading

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Turtle Soup made in Oxley – really ?

Yes, made from giant turtles transported all the way from the Great Barrier Reef. Local livestock was used for the more mundane canned sausages, pigs trotters, and pork brawn. For nearly a hundred years the Foggitt and Jones Oxley Bacon … Continue reading

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Scouting Heritage

The Queensland Branch of the Scouting Association of Australia has taken up the State Library’s ‘Community Heritage Digitisation Offer’ to scan and make available on line a number of their past monthly Scouting magazines. This initiative should be a boon … Continue reading

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Indooroopilly Mining Heritage

The end of 2018 will mark the centenary of the accidental discovery of the Finney’s Hill silver-lead outcrop at Isles Road, Indooroopilly. Now, well timbered and largely hidden from view, few, other than a generation of UQ educated mining engineers … Continue reading

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Radio Station 4ZZZ – milestone anniversary

In December 2018 community radio station 4ZZZ will commemorate one of the important milestones in its over forty year history, its eviction on 14 December 1988 from its operational base at the University of Queensland by the student union executive. … Continue reading

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Voluntary Aid Detachments

On 5 December 2017 Red Cross Queensland  launched Maids of All Work a booklet that documents the history of Queensland Voluntary Aid Detachments. VADs, mainly young women (only 5% were men),  volunteered in hospitals across Queensland to do tasks such … Continue reading

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Midnight Sun to Southern Cross – new book by Ruth Bonetti

In her new book Midnight Sun to Southern Cross  Ruth Bonetti tells of her grandfather WA Back’s role in heading Coronation Park Ltd, a syndicate of graziers and businessmen who were active in the residential development of the southern part … Continue reading

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Biography of Henry William Mobsby (1860-1933) by Kaye Mobsby

As a resident of Indooroopilly for many years in the early part of the 20th century, Henry Mobsby would have been quite well known within the area due to his community involvement. He emigrated to Australia from England in 1883 … Continue reading

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Aerial photography research resource

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines  recently launched a new website providing online access to the Queensland Government’s collection of aerial photographs dating from the 1930s to 2009. Access to the material is free, downloadable and the terms and … Continue reading

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Matilda – nostalgic moment

Thirty-four years today since her debut at the Commonwealth Games Matilda is now located at the rear of the Kybong Puma Service Station just south of Gympie. For a number of years after the games she was at Wet’n’Wild before … Continue reading

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A wilting logo

Time has finally caught up with this faded sign on the Clarence Road shopping strip, as it eventually will with the ‘Beattie Burger’ logo which was dropped by the LNP Queensland Government in 2012. A gradual replacement policy was espoused … Continue reading

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Queensland Lords, Edward and Eliza Lord’s Colonial Family

Janet Spillman’s history of Edward and Eliza Lord tells the story of two of the first free settlers to Moreton Bay, arriving in 1844 seven years after emigrating to Sydney from Lancashire. As Rochdale fullers and wool merchants, Edward Lord’s … Continue reading

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Former Kratzmann/Chandler home site at St Lucia

Demolition of the mansion built by Noel and Olive Kratzmann in the early 1980s, and site clearance of this large property just above Gailey Fiveways is nearing completion. It is understood that Sunland, developers of the old ABC Studios in … Continue reading

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Gailey Fiveways

Phew, for a moment there I thought one of our enduring retail signs was going to be given a face lift. There has been a shop on this corner of the intersection from at least the early 1940’s, originally a … Continue reading

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