& Districts Historical Society
VOLUME 2 NUMBER 1 - SEPTEMBER 2002
Newsletter Numbering System
A big hello to everyone. In this issue you will notice some changes.
Firstly, the introduction or could it be re-introduction of a numbering
system to keep track of newsletter issues. This should assist both you
and I and our Secretary, Olive Barlow, in ensuring we have the latest
issue and it may help in the filing department as well.
As promised some time back, we now have our very own web page for
the whole world to see. There are actually several web pages with headings
like: What’s New; Home; Membership; Publications; Newsletters; History
Room; Photographs and Memorial Hall that contain photographs or information
relating to the page heading.
The pages can be viewed at: www.iseekin.com.au/EDHS/index.htm
If you do not have internet access yourself, then go to
your local library and ask the librarian if they have computers with an
internet connection that you can use. I am sure the staff will be most
helpful. If you intend being at our next General Meeting on Sunday, 15
September, 2002, I will show you these pages on my computer. Personally
speaking, I think they look pretty darn good.
Progressively the pages can be added to with a variety of
information that will help the local community (in internet language -
that takes in the global community as well) know what is happening around
our way. Greg Hay took the opportunity of telling the world about the
new site by posting messages on genealogical newsgroup sites and so far
we have had several people make contact with us, either by completing
the membership form and sending it in or sending us an email message requesting
information etc. It could also be a way of saving some postage money as
well, because the newsletter could be viewed on-line and you could print
a copy yourself if needed. The only difference is there will be no additional
graphics like what you see scattered on some of these pages—they cause
the web pages to take too long to load onto the computer screen. Please
give some feedback on what you think about the web pages, and also if
you would prefer your copy on-line rather than be posted to you.
History Room - New Opening Hours
Also note the new opening times for the Society on both days are between
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This has been necessary because of commitment and transport
aspects of the volunteers who help at the History Room each open day,
particularly since Kate Perry underwent heart surgery.
We are very pleased to report that Kate’s operation was
successful and she has asked me to convey to each of you the following
“I am taking the liberty of writing a personal note to all members
of E.D.H.S. through the newsletter that I have edited and written for
several years. Having survived a frightening heart attach and major
surgery to get me back on my feet and the even longer period of recovery,
I just have to ask for a little space to say “Thank You” for all the
cards and letters and phone calls wishing me well. Further to this I
want to say “Thank You” to everyone who kept the society ticking over
and functioning, I am proud of you all!! Meetings, bus trips, open days,
history enquiries went on like clockwork—what more could you ask from
such a wonderful bunch. Hoping to be back soon!! - Kate Perry.”
The old saying, “You don’t miss something until you can’t
have it” holds very true - I can assure everyone that Kate was missed
very much by many people during her short absence. From us all, we wish
you Kate a speedy recovery to your former self and I won’t tell anyone
that you have already returned to the History Room.
Lots of interesting events have taken place or are just about to take
place within our local area.
The Kate Perry Units While on the subject of Kate Perry, did
you know she was honoured with the naming of an Housing Unit Complex
in her name called The Kate Perry Units at the intersection of Hurdcotte
and Pickering Streets, Enoggera on Tuesday, 25 June 2002. The official
opening was attended by distinguished guests, family, friends and tenants
of the new complex - the latter each being presented with a potted plant
to commemorate the occasion. Many photographs were taken on the day
and some have already made their way to our web site. Congratulations
Kate - a most deserving honour and distinction I must say. By the way
straight after the ceremony Kate was off to hospital for her scheduled
heart operation but not before her taking to her feet and responding
to the unveiling of the official plaque and giving the audience a background
to her existence in the district and a little bit of local history to
boot, at times having us laughing in the aisles. The plaque has since
been mounted near the letterboxes of the complex on Hurdcotte Street.
Emmanuel Uniting Church at 249 South Pine Road next to the Enoggera
State School, celebrated its 100 years of Ministry 1902 - 2002, during
the weekend of 2 - 4 August 2002. Heather McDonald OAM, from the church
had been at the History Room researching material for their celebratory
booklet months before and the organising committee requested the society’s
presence with a display.
There were many things happening during the weekend of celebration
and Greg Hay was there for the lot. There was a fashion show with ladies
fashions from throughout the period 1865 up to more recent times; a
bush dance; church services; other displays; choral singing from a talented
group combining both men’s and women’s voices and youth activities.
A number of the PHOTOS
here to view - from the occasion are now adorning our web site if
you have an opportunity to take a look in there. The history of the
church is most fascinating and well documented by Heather McDonald.
Copies of their booklet have been donated by the committee to E.D.H.S.
but the church still has some copies of the booklet to sell at $5.00.
They also gave us a CD of scans of photos of the original churches that
were around the district several years ago. This was followed up by
a lovely thank-you letter and a wonderful donation from the organising
committee of $50.00 to our society.
Congratulations to everyone at the church involved in the splendid
St Michael’s Church - Dorrington at 250 Banks Street, Dorrington
will be celebrating their Golden Anniversary of the formation of the
Parish in 1952 with a display of memorabilia and local history in the
Church Hall during the following dates and times - parking is also available
at the Hall on the lower terrace behind the church: PHOTOS
Saturday, 14 Sep 3.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Sunday, 15 Sep 9.30 a.m. - 8.30 p.m.
The society will be there with a display to compliment other material
that will be on display from other sources.
A book has been produced by Marcia Logan for the occasion that captures
not only the history of the church and it’s people but historical facts
about the surrounding streets and suburbs including some early land
ownership. Books are available for purchase at $11.00 or $15.00 posted
(GST inc.) Inquiries to Greg Hay if you want a copy.
Marcia was so taken with the support received from our society she
and her family have become members. There is also a celebratory lunch
after 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, 29 September 2002 - but you had better
hurry as seating is limited. Cost is $12.00 each and you can book by
ringing Bill on 07 - 33567106.
General Meeting If you are observant you will have noticed that
the above event coincides with our general meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday,
15 September 2002 - which will still be going ahead - so your help and
presence at both would be greatly appreciated.
Picabeen Community Meanwhile, at 22 Hoben Street, Mitchelton,
the Picabeen Community will be having their Annual General Meeting at
11 a.m. on Saturday, 14 September, 2002, which will be followed by a
lunch at 12.30 p.m. and the organisers have asked E.D.H.S. to mount
a display focusing on the Mitchelton area.
As you can see there is so much happening that we really
do need some help, so please, if you can help out at any of the displays,
let Greg Hay know on 07 - 33550972. What is demonstrated both in thought
and deed is that we hold true to our motto, “Helping the Local Community
Discover It’s History” every time we help out with these displays.
At Emanuel Uniting we sold several of our publications,
received donations and met a past resident of “Ivanhoe,” Paul Gibson and
his wife. “Ivanhoe” was the former residence of James Boyne Hall and family,
pioneers of Enoggera, and the house, now separated into two houses still
exist at the corner of Wardell and South Pine Road. Paul’s family is one
and the same Gibson’s Hardware at Newmarket. Apart from chatting about
this and that we have updated our records with his contact details - plus
he purchased four Enoggera District Heritage Trail books for his family
in which the house “Ivanhoe” is described.
We also renewed acquaintances with Geoff Richards who is
both a past student and teacher at Enoggera State School who was attending
the celebrations and not to mention members of the Lugg family, who have
a long history in the Enoggera district and who have donated memorabilia
to the society.
We seem to receive tremendous support from our community
who enjoy our humble presence at their events and this in turn gives us
much more in return in the friendships forged, the acquaintances made,
the publications sold, and the gathering of vital information about our
history from the people who attend - as Big Kev would say, “I’m excited!!!”
National CommunityLink Awards
At our last general meeting our secretary, Olive Barlow, mentioned a brochure
we had received encouraging volunteer organizations to submit entries
to this award scheme. Later, I was to contact our life member, Melva Welch,
who advised me that there was more to the submission than met the eye.
Following on from that I hesitated initially on whether there would be
sufficient time to get the application in, that is, being the very last
day. However, I bit the bullet and proceeded in a forward direction completing
the application late into the night. Thank goodness they accepted email
responses and I posted the submission with a few hours to spare.
What all this means is, that we are in with a chance to
either receive a monetary grant of either $1,000 or $7,000 and/or an award
for recognition of the efforts of our volunteer group involved in the
event on which the submission was based - in our case I based the submission
on our three day event, “All Your Yesterdays,” that was held over the
Christmas/New Year holiday period.
There are a number of people I would like to thank by way
of support for the submission. Firstly, Melva Welch who took the time
to advise me what was involved and her suggestion on what to base the
submission on. Secondly and thirdly, the letters of support and encouragement
from both Jim Fouras MLA for Ashgrove and Geoff Wilson MLA for Ferny Grove.
The attachment of references was a requirement for the submission to be
accepted. Mr Wilson has particularly asked me to convey to members his
best wishes and ongoing support for the society and the good work we do
within our community. Success or otherwise in our nomination, it was worth
FROM OUR RESIDENT RESEARCHER
From Our Files Brisbane Courier—12 March 1869
It has been asserted that no fish could live or would venture to make
the trip from the Enoggera Dam to Brisbane along the waterpipe, but
yesterday we had a practical refutation of the assertion in a glass
of water drawn from a tap at the Parliamentary buildings. A young eel,
about an inch & a half in length “put in an appearance” and did not
seem to be discommoded in the slightest degree by his seven mile trip
along the pipes. He wriggled about in the most lively manner, as though
proud of his achievement.
Some years ago we were donated a box of unknown photos by Mr Vic Marshall
of Mitchelton. After many hours of research we have learned the photos
belonged to Eliza Marshall (nee Hilder) wife of Charlie (Vic’s grandmother).
After more research we now know most of the photos are of the Hilder
family of the Gap. Jeff Hilder has kindly identified some of the photos.
This is greatly appreciated.
Copies of the photos have been given to the Gap Historical Society
for their collection.
The Gap Historical Society officially opened in June with a 3 day exhibition
over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Their display of photographs and
maps was well presented.
Melva Welch has given us a box of photos from the Samford Historical
Society. They were donated by Arthur Sutton, son of Henrietta Marshall.
Unfortunately, we have no names on these photos and probably never will
have. Most of the collection were photos from England and the dresses
the ladies wore between 1870 - 1890 are most interesting.
Our member, Fred Davis perused the photos and amazed us with his knowledge.
We have two photos of Queen Victoria’s children. One is of Edward VII
and the other of his sister. Fred also knew Arthur Sutton. Thanks Melva
for these photos.
...and thank you Raylene
Like always there’s so much to say and so very little
room to say it!!!
Enoggera & Districts Historical Society
JUMBLE SALE / TRASH & TREASURE
Saturday—26 October 2002
We are once again holding a Jumble Sale in the back room
on the above date and are appealing for donations of items that we could
include in the sale. Also if you could help out during the sale please
let us know. Items may be left with Kate Perry or if you need a hand in
moving the item/s or you would prefer them to be collected either let
Kate Perry (33550915) or Greg Hay (33550972) know.
[Feedback - A great day making
over $400 - Thank you everyone for your wonderful support]