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 evening of each month (except January and December) at the Wynnum Ambulance Museum Auditorium, cnr Tingal Road and Cedar Street, Wynnum (entry via Cedar Street) at 7.15pm, 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.

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, 1st floor, 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 has 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.