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Saturday 22 June 2024.    Tour of Fort Lytton

From 1881 until the 1940s, Fort Lytton was Brisbane's front line of defence and is regarded as the birthplace of Queensland's military history. Regular training camps in military warfare were a highlight of Queensland's political and social calendar.

This classic example of a coastal fortress was surrounded by a water-filled moat, and its heavy armaments were concealed behind grassy ramparts connected by underground passages. The fort played an active role in the defence of Brisbane from its construction through the end of World War 2.

The fort is normally only open on Sundays, but we have arranged an exclusive tour for WMHS members and their guests on Saturday June 22. The fort will be open from 12:30 pm. Why not bring a picnic?

Our tour guide will be Mike McLean, who is very knowledgeable about the fort and artillery in general. The tour will start at 2 pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for $3.

We will arrange car pools from the ambulance centre, leaving at 12:30.


Sunday 21 July     Flinders Landing Re-Enactment Coochiemudlo Island

On 19th July 1799 Matthew Flinders landed on Coochiemudlo Island as part of his exploration of Queensland, on which he was the first European to discover and enter Moreton Bay. Every year since 1981 his landing has been celebrated with a re-enactment. This is a great family day out, with markets featuring arts and crafts, fashion, homewares and food. There is also the Coochiemudlo Artisan Collective Gallery, and fine beaches for a walk or a swim. Car pooling will be arranged from the Wynnum Ambulance Building.


Sunday 25 August 2024 - Hemmant Cemetery

Meet at the Cemetery Site Office (500 Hemmant Tingalpa Rd, Hemmant QLD 4174)   at 10 am.

There is plentiful parking available.

Cemeteries are not only places of burial; they are repositories of our history, culture, and stories waiting to be discovered. Join fellow members of the Wynnum Manly Historical Society as we take a walk through Hemmant Cemetery, a tranquil and reflective space nestled in the heart of Hemmant.  The Cemetery is home to many of our communities' stories, I have recently started recording some of the stories of those buried there and would love to share my findings with you.  There are plenty of stories to be told - and plenty more to be uncovered.


The area to be covered is the Monumental section - ground is flat and is a relatively small area and suitable for wheelie walkers.

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