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

General meetings / Monthly lecture series

General Meetings / Monthly Lecture Series

All general meetings are held at the Wynnum Ambulance Museum Auditorium, Cnr Tingal Road & Cedar Street, Wynnum (entry is via Cedar Street) on the third Thursday evening of each month (except January and December). Meetings commence at 7.15pm and conclude around 9pm with supper. Interesting speakers attend each meeting and there is a raffle and a door prize on offer as well as our bring and buy table. The meetings are open to members and visitors. Cost of attendance is a gold coin donation. Visitors are always welcome.

21 February 2019  –  Caylie Jeffery “Under the Lino”

Join us at our first general meeting for 2019.

Guest speaker – Caylie Jeffery, author of Under the Lino.

“When Caylie and David Jeffery renovated the house on the busiest terrace in Milton, they had no idea what treasures they would find secreted inside.  The intriguing discovery of 1950s money and bank books hidden under 60 years of old lino had Caylie turning to social media for help.

Who were Arthur and Eleanor Webster? Why were they hiding so much money?  Who was Muriel White?  Why was her bank book hidden in Milton when the address in the back said “Bristol Street, West End”?

The trail of evidence leading from that dilapidated Queenslander revealed many secret stories … fraud, missing gravestones, theft, brothels and murder.”

21 March 2019  –  AGM and General Meeting

Lisa Herbert – The bottom drawer.

18 April 2019 – 1864 Brisbane burning by Sharyn Merkley

Back by popular demand, Sharyn will be telling us more stories about the great fires of Brisbane in 1864.

16 May 2019 – Disloyal Queenslanders and WW1 internment by Cara Downes (National Archives of Australia)

Join Cara Downes from National Archives of Australia (Brisbane office) as she discusses the internment of Queenslanders in WW1 with a particular focus on Brisbane people.

20 June 2019 – City in masks – how Brisbane fought the Spanish flu by Matthew Wengert

The ‘City in Masks’ project documents Brisbane’s dramatic exposure to the world’s deadliest pandemic – the ‘Spanish Flu’ – in 1919, for a book to be published in the outbreak’s centenary anniversary. This influenza epidemic was Australia’s worst natural disaster, and led to severe and widespread disruption to everyday life for the entire population. ‘City in Masks’ tracks the emergency as the disease moved across the city, carrying illness and death into every suburb – and bringing out surprising stories of heroism and humanity wherever it went.

18 July 2019 – 125 years of Royal Life Saving Society with stories of Wynnum people and their roles in lifesaving and of their drownings by Paul Seto

Paul Seto, author of 125 years of the Royal Life Saving Society, will provide us with some of the history of the Royal Life Saving Society and will be making special mention of women and their feats of swimming and rescues.  He will be incorporating some interesting stories of Wynnum people and their roles in lifesaving and of their drownings.

15 August 2019 – Kyoomba Sanitorium and my Pop was a Kangaroo Anzac by Deborah Wheeler

Listen to Deborah as she tells us about Kyoomba Sanitorium and about her Pop the Kangaroo Anzac.

19 September 2019 –  Mud : Exploring the Island and its history by Peter Ludlow

Join well renowned local historian, author and speaker, Peter Ludlow, as he visits and explores Moreton Bay’s little-visited Mud Island.  He will highlight its unique history as a graveyard for some unfortunate immigrants, and the surrounding coral reefs that provide a challenge for fishermen and provide lime for the manufacture of cement.

17 October 2019 – The Irvine family – Pioneers of Wynnum by Jill Greenhill

Our very own Jill Greenhill will tell us more about the Irvine family.

21 November 2019 – Christmas break up

There is no speaker for our Christmas break up party.  Instead mingle and chat and enjoy supper.   We will also be drawing our usual Christmas raffles.