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June 2019

Queensland Day Dinner and the Presentation of the J D Kerr Medal of Distinction

June 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Brisbane Club, 241 Adelaide St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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The Royal Historical Society of Queensland (RHSQ) and the Professional Historians Association will get together to celebrate 160 years since the State became a separate colony. The event celebrates Queen Victoria’s signing of the Letters Patent on 6 June, 1859 which was the first official step leading to Queensland becoming a separate colony. The winner of the JD Kerr Medal of Distinction for excellence in history, Queensland’s most prestigious history award, also will be announced at the dinner. Come and celebrate…

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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, City Hall, and the old Brisbane Municipal Council’, by Denver Beanland

July 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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The topic covers the Brisbane Municipal Council, which is older than the Colony of Queensland, with its years full of great controversy over the construction of the Town Hall and then later the City Hall. The topic covers both the Town Hall and City Hall. The City Hall when constructed was called ‘The Million Pound Town Hall’. The book “Brisbane – Australia’s New World City: A history of the old Town Hall, City Hall, and the Brisbane City Council 1985…

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August 2019

EKKA PUBLIC HOLIDAY: MUSEUM CLOSED

August 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Knots & Fields: music by Bartók, Shostakovich and Kurtág

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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$22 – $28

'Fragments' is an international collaboration of leading Australian and Hungarian artists with a focus on showcasing the chamber music of the most influential Hungarian composers of the 20th and 21st century - Bartók, Ligeti, Kodály, and Kurtág. Performances combine soprano, violin, cello, and piano to showcase virtuosic works, Australian premieres, and new cutting-edge visual techniques designed to enhance the musical experience and accessibility to this rarely heard music. Knots & Fields: music by Bartók, Shostakovich and Kurtág Judit Molnár - soprano, Brieley Cutting…

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