Our aim is to gather and record local history before it is lost

If you have an interest in the local history of Wynnum Manly Lota and surrounds, then you have come to the right place and the Wynnum Manly Historical Society welcomes you to their website.

Who are we?

We are a group of people who share a pride and interest in the heritage and history of this lovely district.

What do we do?

We meet on the third Thursday of each month (except January and December) to hear speakers on a range of topics. The stories are told of our first aboriginal occupiers, the European pioneers and the early social, educational and administrative developments that came to make Wynnum, Manly, Lota, Moreton Bay and south east Queensland the place it is today. Visitors are always welcome to attend these meetings.

We also hold Heritage Tours to various places of interest in south-east Queensland. These tours take place on a Saturday 2 to 3 times a year.

Our Resource Centre volunteers are happy to undertake limited research for members and non-members.

Check our Events page for details of all upcoming activities.

How Can You Help?

Do you have some old photos, papers or information or perhaps discovered some pertaining to the Wynnum Manly area?

If you have, please don’t throw them away. We are developing an extensive resource collection of items relevant to the local district such as early books, pamphlets, maps, newspaper cuttings. Rather than throw them away, why not donate them to the Society? If you have items you cannot part with, we would love to borrow them for copying and the originals will be returned to you.

Do you know of people who have lived in the Wynnum Manly district for a while?

We are compiling a “Pioneer Register” which will include details of persons who lived in the Wynnum Manly district before 1912? Can you help?

We are also building up a collection of oral histories. If you have a relation, neighbour or friend who can talk about “the way things were in the good old days”, we would appreciate their contribution. We are happy to arrange for one of our volunteers to visit to conduct the interview.

Resource Centre

The Society has an excellent Resource Centre located in the Wynnum Community Centre, 105 Florence Street, Wynnum (the old Wynnum Central State School building). The Resource Centre is facilitated by the Society’s librarian and life member, Jill Greenhill, together with a band of volunteers. The Centre is open Monday to Friday (10am – 12 noon) (except public holidays) and at other times by arrangement.  We also undertake limited research on behalf of members and non-members in return for a small donation.

Guided Tours

If you are visiting our beautiful district via a coach tour, the Society have tour guides who will board your bus to provide you with a guided tour and point out various places of interest. Bookings are required for this service so please contact our events coordinator should you wish to arrange a booking or find out more details.

Upcoming Events

May
27
Sat
8:00 am Heritage tour – Bunjurgen Estate...
Heritage tour – Bunjurgen Estate...
May 27 @ 8:00 am – May 28 @ 4:30 pm
Our first heritage tour for the year is to Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard at Boonah.  Bunjurgen Estate can trace its heritage back from the early convict days.  There will be cheese and wine tasting and the[...]
Jun
15
Thu
7:30 pm Post war migration to Queensland... @ Wynnum Ambulance Museum Auditorium
Post war migration to Queensland... @ Wynnum Ambulance Museum Auditorium
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
We are once again privileged to have historian, Jessica Stroja, as our guest speaker.  Jessica will be telling us about post war migration to Queensland.
Jul
20
Thu
7:30 pm Hemmant Cemetery by Tania Burgess @ Wynnum Ambulance Museum Auditorium
Hemmant Cemetery by Tania Burgess @ Wynnum Ambulance Museum Auditorium
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
One of our members, Tania Burgess, has been undertaking a university project where she is looking at causes of death for people buried at Hemmant Cemetery pre 1920.  Come along and hear Tania talk about[...]
Sep
20
Wed
all-day Brisbane River cruise to Bremer ...
Brisbane River cruise to Bremer ...
Sep 20 – Sep 21 all-day
Join us on a Brisbane River cruise up to the Bremer River.  This cruise is only offered a couple times of year due to tidal restrictions.  Morning tea and lunch are provided on board. The[...]
Sep
21
Thu
7:30 pm Rogues, rascals and the occasion... @ Wynnum Ambulance Museum Auditorium
Rogues, rascals and the occasion... @ Wynnum Ambulance Museum Auditorium
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Our wonderful Brisbane City Council local history librarian, Kate Harbison, is going to be amusing us with stories of rogues, rascals and the occasional saints.

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