& Districts Historical Society
VOLUME 2 NUMBER 2 - OCTOBER 2002
Newsletter Numbering Update
At our general meeting on Sunday, 15 September, member Ian Gunn suggested
that the new numbering system should commence with Volume 2. I agree fully.
Only after sending out the previous newsletter did I see that earlier
newsletters did in fact use the Volume 1 and No system. Hence, and please
forgive me if I make this confusing, could you mark the last newsletter
as Volume 2 No 1 - September 2002. This will then separate the earlier
newsletters from the present ones.
Greetings to Everyone
I hope this newsletter finds you all in good health and spirits.
So much has happened in such a short space of time that it was felt another
newsletter wouldn’t go astray in keeping you informed. As this will be
the last newsletter for the year, may I wish each and everyone a very
safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Jumble (Trash & Treasure) Sale
The response for articles for our Jumble Sale on Saturday 26 October 2002
has been tremendous and will ensure that this will be a mammoth Jumble
Sale indeed. Now the task is to spread the word to all and sundry - you
can help here by telling your neighbours, family, friends and associates.
We will produce the flyers for distribution around the suburban letterboxes
and community notice boards at the shopping centres, and get advertising
on the radio and in the newspapers - both in the Weekend Shopper section
of the Saturday Courier Mail newspaper and hopefully in the relevant community
sections of the local newspapers.
Butter Churn Donation
Member Elenore Hausler has kindly donated an home-made butter churn
comprising a metal cylinder with a wooden top with what can only be described
as a “plunger”. Cream was put in and the resultant movement made butter.
Look for it at our “All Your Yesterdays” Show.
The churn was made, we believe, by Elenore’s father. (“Almost
as good as putting grass in one end and getting milk out the other”, said
Snippets from the General Meeting
- Kate Perry’s nomination for Life Membership that was carried unanimously
by the well attended meeting. Our sincere congratulations Kate on this
well deserved award.
- Impromptu guest speaker at the meeting was Robert Heussler. He is
a great grandchild of John Christian Heussler, early land owner in the
Enoggera District and builder of the original Fernberg house, now Government
House at Bardon.
Robert was attending the golden jubilee celebrations at St Michael’s
Dorrington and was promptly requested to attend our general meeting
the following day and speak on a book he published about his great
grandfather called, A Colonial Father—THE STORY OF GERMAN-BORN QUEENSLANDER
J C HEUSSLER as told by his great grandson Robert C Heussler.
The seed for Robert’s attendance at Dorrington was planted when E.D.H.S.
members attended the “Family History Fair” at Mt Gravatt showgrounds
back in May 2002, and Greg Hay purchased the book from the author
who was promoting it at the time. Greg told him about the golden jubilee
celebrations and the fact that the church was built on property previously
owned by his great grandfather, a fact not previously known by Robert.
During his short stay, new member, Marcia Logan and Greg Hay took
Robert on a tour of the original Heussler Terrace, now only a small
section leading towards Bardon from Lang Park and showed him some
other local historical sites.
- The Gap Historical Society made contact with us about a special
collection of photographs and memorabilia they were displaying on the
weekend of 12 and 13 October 2002. The display was called The Colin
Francis Bennett Collection - Colin Fanning was an early historian
in the Gap area and collected an enormous amount of material during
This is the first time his collection has been placed on display
and we received an official invitation to attend. As the event is
now over we can inform you that the collection was spectacular. A
number of moments were captured by the box Brownie and I hope to upload
some of these to our web pages for viewing.
An aside to all this, while looking through the collection Greg Hay
noticed a family tree diagram with names he recognized belonging to
a resident of “Ashworth House” at Zillmere - a lovely lady who asked
him some time ago to help trace her family history. That night he
was able to arrange through the nursing home for this person to attend
the next morning both to view the collection - which is all about
her family - and to meet some of her extended family members as well.
Apart from the wonderful memories she will treasure, she now has direct
contact with her family who intend keeping her up to date in the lineage
- The meeting approved the securing of an internet web domain name for
E.D.H.S. and several name suggestions were offered for consideration.
- Ann Bennison, local Councillor for Enoggera and society member advised
the meeting that the Alderley / Enoggera Neighbourhood Watch is once
again organising another “Fun Day in the Park” at Willmington Park,
Alderley (bounded by Edith, Hilda and Moore Streets) on Saturday 2 November
2002, commencing at 1 p.m. - This promises to be a great afternoon with
a special Tree Planting section.
- Naturally, we will be there once again with a display, so don’t miss
the opportunity of attending, and while you are there come up and say
- Some members have advised they are happy to receive the newsletter
via our web pages on the internet - thank you for the feedback.
- ALL YOUR YESTERDAYS - Once again the extensive display All Your Yesterdays
will be our main feature to conclude the year’s events and to greet
in the New Year with ‘auld’ and new acquaintances alike. Occurring over
a three day period - Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 December 2002 and Wednesday
1 January 2003 - the display will be shown in the main section of the
Enoggera Memorial Hall and admission will be by donation.
This is a great opportunity to peruse the extensive collection of
historical material held by the society which cannot be put out on
display during the normal opening hours due to lack of exhibiting
Come along and revisit the collection, meet some friends or just
have a chatter and if you have family or friends over for a visit,
they will be more than welcome to attend.
The Dates Again:
30 and 31 December 2002; and
1 January 2003 (New Year’s Day).
Remember to pencil the
dates into your diary - Now!!!
On 24 September 2002, we were visited by Mr Gerard O’Carroll, a keen bottle
collector. He donated nine old bottles dating from the 1880’s to the 1920’s
to the society. They included:
1 salad dressing bottle
1 blue castor oil bottle
3 softdrink bottles with marble & stopper (Helidon Spa)
1 pottery ginger beer bottle
1 Codd’s bottle (Codd’s brand name)
1 gin bottle
1 large square ink container
Most of the glass bottles were hand blown and some were imported from
England and used on ships as ballast.
What a bottler they are!!!
- Catch them at the “All Your Yesterdays” Display
I don’t suppose that in another 100 years there will be
that much interest in locating “plastic” bottles!...not that it matters
much even today.
Once again our tireless member Raylene Chimes hasn’t let
us down with some great snippets which are produced below.
BOER WAR DEPARTING PRESENTATIONS TO F. WILSON
Advantage was taken of the delay in the dispatch of the fourth Queensland
contingent to tender a presentation and send off in the form of a
smoke concert to Mr Fred Wilson at the Oddfellows Hall, Enoggera.
The chair was taken by Mr R. W. Thurlow who was supported by the guest
of the evening and Messrs G. Harrop & A. Keilar, members of the contingent.
Mr Thurlow, in making the presentation (a gold opal ring and silver
matchbox) spoke of the loyalty of the young fellows who had volunteered
for service in South Africa. Messrs Harrop & Keilar were each also
presented with a suitable souvenir. The rest of the evening was devoted
to music. The gathering broke up at a late hour with the singing of
“God Save the Queen” and “Auld Lang Syne”. Departed for South Africa
18 May 1900 Returned 6 August 1901.
Brisbane Courier - 14 September 1901
BOER WAR - WELCOME TO OUR BOYS
A delightful private dance was given by Mr & Mrs R. W. Thurlow to
celebrate the return of some of “our boys” (Including a nephew of
the hostess) at the Oddfellows Hall, Enoggera on Thursday evening.
The hall was decorated with bunting and greenery and the huge tables
were loaded with good things supplied by Rowe which included two large
iced cakes bearing the inscription “Welcome to Our Boys”. The guests,
after being heartily welcomed by Mr & Mrs Thurlow, were ushered into
the ballroom where at 8 o’clock McKennairey’s band struck up one of
the delightful and popular “Florandora” waltzes in which about eighty
guests took part and in dancing, songs and recitations passed a most
TO ALL MEMBERS
A reminder that we are standing by to record any history
of your home and family. Your achievements, the work of your ancestors
throughout the years - the changes... housing, streets, shops, churches,
meeting places. At this time when changes are affected so quickly it is
important to record details as soon as possible.
Mitcham Street Gaythorne
By the way does any member have details of the history of “Gladstone House”
at No.24 Mitcham Street, Gaythorne - an inquiry from Connie Carnegie present
at the Gap Historical Society Display. The President has since taken photographs
of this residence and another at No. 17 - for future prosperity.
PLEASE NOTE Annual membership fees become due on
1st January 2003. Please complete and return the above Renewal Form with
your payment to the Secretary, PO Box 200, Alderley 4051. Make cheques
payable to Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. We would appreciate
your continuing your membership. If a red sticker appears on your newsletter
it means our records show you have been unfinancial during the previous
year. However, as a goodwill gesture we have continued to send the newsletters
to you, but unless membership renewal fees are received no further newsletters
will be sent.
CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR CLOSURE DATES
Closed from: Thursday 5 December 2002
Reopens on: Tuesday 4 February 2003
Except: All Your Yesterdays Display - 30
and 31 December 2002, and 1 January 2003