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May 2019

Australia after World War I. by Philip Castle

May 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Phil Castle present a brief summary of Australia's involvement in WWI and the many events after 1918. This includes the effect on the social lives of those who lost their loved ones, over 62,000, and those who returned wounded mentally and physically, over 200,000 from a population of just over 5 million.  It was not just Australia of course but the long enduring tragedy of the losses, costs, social disruptions and the impact on the government, medical services, families, church,…

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June 2019

The Rise and Fall of Land Banks in Queensland by Jon Stanford

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Between 1886 and 1888, 10 land banks, a new type of bank for Queensland, were registered under the Companies Act.  Their major activity was “to lay out and make roads, subdivide estates into allotments and sell same by auction or otherwise.” A leading newspaper editorialised: “No development that has taken place in Brisbane within the past three years has equalled either in rapidity or importance that of the “land bank.” Examination of the latest yearly reports found that profits made…

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July 2019

Town Hall by Denver Beanland

July 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Brisbane – Australia New World City: A History of the old Town Hall, City Hall, and the Brisbane City Council 1985 – 2013 by Denver Beanland Apart from the history of the old Town Hall and City Hall, this book provides an analysis of Council’s policies and the delivery of services and infrastructure that shaped Brisbane between 1985 and 2013. It provides a permanent record of Council accomplishments during a period of enormous change, growing expectations and improved lifestyle. It…

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September 2019

The Women of Moreton Bay by Tasmin O’Connor

September 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Tamsin O’Connor's thesis at University of Sydney, entitled ’All those Places of Condemnation’: Power Relations and Aspects of Resistance at the Penal Stations of New South Wales 1804 – 1842,’ aims to demonstrate that, contrary to the dominant view, the penal stations of NSW were central to the wider system of managing convict labour, to the lived experience of the mass of convicts, and therefore to the process of colonization itself. A fact that was not lost on Frank the…

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October 2019

Three Colonial Queensland Banks by Denver Beanland

October 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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November 2019

Lillian Cooper and Josephine Bedford by John Earwaker

November 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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December 2019

Edward Barton: father of the electricity industry in Qld

December 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Edward Gustavus Campbell Barton (1857-1942) is hardly a household name in Queensland, however as a pioneer of electricity supply his contribution to the development and modernisation of the state is unquestionable. Brian Becconsall is a retired electrical engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a long-time member of Engineering Heritage Qld. He spent 48 years in the Queensland Electricity Industry, starting as a cadet with the SEAQ in 1956, graduating UQ in 1961, worked overseas in Canada and USA for…

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