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November 2018

Annual General Meeting and Clem Lack Oration

November 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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The RHSQ Annual General Meeting - AGENDA 1. Confirmation of the Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting 2. Consideration of the Annual Report of the President 3. Consideration of Audited Annual Financial Statement 4. Election of the President, one Vice President, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer, ten Councillors 5. Appointment of Patron of the Society 6. Appointment of an Honorary Auditor 7. Consideration of the recommendation by the Society’s Council that Ms Carolyn Nolan be elected as a Fellow of…

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Book Launch: “The Mysteries of Frederick Strange, Naturalist”

November 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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They say truth is stranger than fiction. For one man, who gave so much to Australia's natural history scientific community, little is known about his life and mystery surrounds his death. In the first half of the 19th century, when Australia was still an emerging colony, wealthy collectors and scientists were keen to learn more about the natural world. Australia and New Zealand offered a new hunting ground for previously unseen animals, plants and shells. Enter our hero, Frederick Strange,…

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December 2018

Separation Day Celebrations 2018

December 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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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
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Synopsis: 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. Bio: 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,…

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MUSEUM CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

December 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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February 2019

City in Masks – Spanish Flu in Brisbane 1919 by Matthew Wengert

February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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The 'City in Masks' project documents Brisbane's dramatic exposure to the world's deadliest pandemic - the 'Spanish Flu' - in 1919, for a book to be published in the outbreak's centenary anniversary. This influenza epidemic was Australia's worst natural disaster, and led to severe and widespread disruption to everyday life for the entire population. 'City in Masks' tracks the emergency as the disease moved across the city, carrying illness and death into every suburb - and bringing out surprising stories…

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Remembering Armistice – Conference

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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The conference will examine the aftermath of Armistice with the following speakers: Mark Cryle: Gunner' Taylour and the Comrades of War League Jeff Hopkins-Weise and Greg Czechura: Remembrance, Commemoration and the First World War: Queensland’s unique “war prize” - the German tank Mephisto; Prof Cliff Pollard and Jeff Hopkins Weise: Casualty evacuation and treatment, military hospitals, and role of the Returned Soldiers’ Transport Corps in the process of repatriation of Queensland’s First World War military personnel MORNING TEA Neville Buch and Debra Jordan: The changing definition of peace Carmel Black : Anzac Cottages Michael Fiechtner: Burying the Dead of the Great War Tickets are $25 for RHSQ members / $30 for guests. /**/

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March 2019

We’ll show the World: Expo88? by Jackie Ryan

March 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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World Expo 88 was the largest, longest, and loudest of Australia’s bicentennial events. A shiny 1980s amalgam of cultural precinct, shopping mall, theme park, travelogue, and rock concert, Expo 88 is commonly credited as the catalyst for Brisbane’s ‘coming of age’. So how did an elaborate and expensive party change a city forever? We’ll Show the World explores the shifting social and political environment of Expo 88, shaped as much by Queensland’s controversial premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as it was by…

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April 2019

The Red Flag Riots 1919 by Kay Saunders

April 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Red Flag Riots A hundred years ago Brisbane inadvertently was at the centre of world events. Tom Sergeev (aka Artum) arrived in 1911 as a refugee from persecution in Czarist Russia. Six years later he returned to his homeland to help plan the Bolshevik Revolution. The presence of radical Russian Bolsheviks in South Brisbane became increasingly untenable. The Red Flag Riots in March 1919 where Empire Loyalists stormed the Russian precinct in Merivale Street highlighted these ideological tensions. Biographical Details…

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GOOD FRIDAY – MUSEUM CLOSED

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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