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March 2020

Irishness on Parade: St Patrick’s Day in Brisbane 1885-2019 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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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

Waterworks Rd: The Track that made Brisbane by Peter Eedy

April 8 @ 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

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

May 13 @ 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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Ngalda Ngadja – A conference to honour two cultures

May 23
State Library of Queensland Australia + Google Map
$50 – $120

Ngalda Ngadja - "you and I" in the Chepara Yugarapul language of the people of the Moreton Bay Region A conference to honour two cultures - The commemoration of Captain James Cook Rn - His HM Bark Endeavour voyage along the coast of the Chepara people The conference will take place in the auditorium of the State Library of Queensland, registration from 8:15, start 9:00 The conference dinner will be at the Tattersal's Club  from 6:30pm Download flyer for speakers and…

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Nghulin Monduran – A CONFERENCE OF SHARED STORIES

May 29 @ 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sandcastles 1770, 40 Captain Cook DRive
Agnes Water, Queensland 4677 Australia
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$50 – $100

Nghulin monduran - a meeting place for all of us: A conference of shared stories The commemoration of Captain James Cook Rn - His HM Bark Endeavour voyage along the coast The conference will take place at Sandcastles 1770 Motel and Resort , registration from 8:30, start 9:00. The conference dinner will be there as well from 6:30pm. On 30 May there will be a visit to Agnes Water Historical Museum. Download flyer for speakers and further details. Proudly supported…

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