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September 2019

“To Work the Fair Ones Orderly and Well”

September 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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The Management of Female Convict Labour at the Penal Station of Moreton Bay by Tasmin O'Connor For 18 years the settlement of Moreton Bay was a closed penal station, denying access to the free and freedom to the bond. Life on the settlement was defined by its founding principal - the need to put the terror back in the system. Some 2,000 convicts passed through Moreton Bay, the majority served between 7 and 14 years hard labour in chains and…

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October 2019

‘The rise and fall of Colonial Queensland’s three trading banks’ by Dr Denver Beanland

October 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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The paper chronicles the economic successes and upheavals that eventually crushed the aspirations of Colonial Queensland’s Three Trading Banks. It traces the history of the three Queensland based, deposit-taking and note-issuing, trading banks that were established in the 1870s and 1880s; namely the Queensland National Bank Limited, Royal Bank of Queensland Limited and Bank of North Queensland Limited. These three banks were registered and incorporated under the Queensland Companies Act 1863. By tracing the banks history, Queensland’s economic development is also being…

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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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