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Wednesday Talk: Queensland’s Pyrotechnic Posties: A Tale of Rivers, Wrecks, and Rockets

December 12, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


As unlikely as it may seem, Queensland entered the space race somewhat earlier than is generally assumed – to be exact, on 4th December 1934. And the place – the Brisbane River at Pinkenba. Thus illustrated talk will trace the efforts of these early enthusiasts, and their experiments which had mixed results indeed.


Judith Nissen is a freelance professional historian. Work for private and corporate clients includes histories of organisations, buildings and families, heritage assessments, land tenure research, museum displays, and biographical research. She is the Queensland researcher for the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Judith particularly enjoys the serendipitous discoveries that are part and parcel of historical research – this lunchtime talk arose from one such find.

Lunchtime talk: free participation; lunch -afterwards is $5.


The Royal Historical Society of Queensland


Commissariat Store Museum
115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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