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November 2019

Lillian Cooper and Josephine Bedford by John Earwaker

November 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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When Josephine Bedford and her companion Lilian Cooper arrived in Brisbane from London in 1891 they found a frontier town of some 50,000 people with a network of largely unsealed roads; poor sanitation; and 61 doctors. Lilian had been recruited at the request of the governor’s wife Lady Norman who had recognized the need for a female medical practitioner in the colony. They soon overcame the inherent prejudice to create a presence in the town. Lilian established her surgical reputation through her…

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December 2019

Edward Barton: father of the electricity industry in Qld

December 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Edward Gustavus Campbell Barton- 1858 -1942 - The father of the Electricity Supply Industry in Queensland The presentation will cover the contribution that Edward Barton made as a pioneering Electrical Engineer and who laid the foundations for the start of the electricity supply industry in Queensland, Born in Melbourne in 1858, his early training in Germany , Scotland and England prepared him for his role in Brisbane, commissioning and operating the first Government Printery power station in 1886. He then started…

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February 2020

Emigrant: The Ship of Death by Jane Smith

February 12, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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The Emigrant sailed into Moreton Bay in August 1850 after four terrible months at sea. It was the second government-assisted immigrant ship to come directly to Moreton Bay, in a scheme that aimed to boost the growth of free Brisbane and remove the stains of its convict past. Some 276 poor settlers from England and Ireland boarded the ship in Plymouth, hoping to build a better life in Australia. Typhus and other maladies killed around twenty on the voyage, and the…

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