Vale Ann Garms

Ann Garms 2009

Heritage champion and local businesswomen Ann Garms OAM died late last month after a short illness.  Ms Garms was a well-known identity in Brisbane for many decades.  She saved (and restored) a number of heritage buildings from the wrecking ball that swung all too frequently in the 1970s and 1980s. The Old Courthouse in Cleveland … Read more

Queensland Places – Kiriri (Hammond Island) – St. Joseph’s Church

Wedding at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Hammond Island, Queensland, 1969. From 30394 Elaine Sinnamon Collection. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 30394-0001-0101

St Joseph’s Catholic Church on Kiriri (Hammond Island) has a long history dating back to the early 1920s.  At the time of its construction, the Sacred Heart missionaries were keen to expand their area of operations, especially in the context of the growth of population driven by such rapidly developing local industries as pearling. Formal … Read more

Early racing history in the Brisbane River Valley

Guest Blogger: Elizabeth DeLacy, Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails. The pioneers of the Brisbane River Valley were renowned horsemen. Articles uncovered in the Moreton Bay Courier and Sydney Morning Herald reveal interesting facts about local identities and settlement in the district. Colin Mackenzie of Kilcoy Station was a steward at the first meeting of the Moreton … Read more