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February 2020

Emigrant: The Ship of Death by Jane Smith

February 12 @ 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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Chamber concert by Karlsruher Konzertduo

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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$30

Enjoy the music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Ravel and de Falla on a summer night!Cool down with some complimentary drinks before the concert. There will be be no intermission. /**/ The Karlsruhe Concert-Duo with cellist Reinhard Armleder and pianist Dagmar Hartmann has been in existence since 1999 and has established itself as a successful and sought-after duo in Germany and abroad, not least through winning several international competitions.  The duo regularly earns high praise and fascinates its audiences with…

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March 2020

St Patrick’s Day in Brisbane, 1886-2019 by Rodney and Robin Sullivan

March 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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April 2020

Waterworks Rd: The Track that made Brisbane by Peter Eedy

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

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

May 14 @ 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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