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December 2019

Edward Barton: father of the electricity industry in Qld

December 11, 2019 @ 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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March 2020

Irishness on Parade: St Patrick’s Day in Brisbane 1885-2019 by Rodney and Robin Sullivan

March 11, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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This presentation surveys St Patrick’s Day parades in Brisbane from their origin in 1885 to 2019. Some attention will be paid to fluctuations in the relative importance attached to events in Ireland and Australia. The processions show how Irishness was portrayed and changed over time. They responded to changing national and international contexts. St Patrick’s Day marchers, floats and symbols reflected the changing priorities of participants over the decades.  

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April 2020

CANCELLED: Waterworks Rd: The Track that made Brisbane by Peter Eedy

April 8, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Ashgrove resident Peter Eedy will present 'Waterworks Road – The track that made Brisbane'. The presentation will provide a descriptive and visual history of Brisbane's early water supply systems from 1825 onward, and their impact on the development of the town through to the late 1800s. Prolonged droughts aside, Brisbane now has an adequate and clean water supply for a large city. However, for over 40 years after the establishment of the Moreton Bay penal colony, residents relied on a…

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May 2020

CANCELLED: Ructions and Resilience: A Family Crisis and the Meteor Park Orphanage (Neerkol), 1916 by Lesley Synge

May 13, 2020 @ 12:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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The primary source for this essay is a case file in the Queensland State Archives related to four children in the care of an orphanage near Rockhampton compiled by the State Children Department of Queensland. Meteor Park Orphanage, also known as Neerkol Orphanage, was operated by the Sisters of Mercy. The four children in care were my great-aunts and great-uncles – their plight as youngsters previously unknown to me. The long-buried correspondence file reveals a tussle over the children by…

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