Kenmore and District Historical Society Incorporated

The Kenmore & District Historical Society Inc was formed through a Steering Committee with Pat Dryden as convenor late in 2013.  Sue Turner, Brian Becconsall, Sue Deal and Fryi Fahir were involved in that early stage.

The Society aims to research, promote and enjoy the history of the Kenmore district, including the suburbs of Kenmore, Kenmore Hills, Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket and Pullenvale.

A Management Committee was formed early in 2014 and first met in February.  Pat Dryden became President; Penny Cook, Secretary; Suzanne Hanson, Treasurer; Sue Deal and Lola Priddle, members.  The Society became officially incorporated in May 2014.  At September 2014 there are 40 members of the Society, many of them having lived in the Kenmore district for many decades.  There are also younger people who have a keen interest in understanding the continuity of the community in which they live.

Kenmore & District - A Pictorial History

Resource Location and Arrangements

The Kenmore and District Historical Society (KDHS) has a collection of resources covering a broad range of themes on Kenmore and district.  The RSL have generously allowed KDHS to store these valuable resources, as well as a computer, in the Research Room located in the RSL rooms at the Fairview Aged Care Facility, Pinjarra Hills.  The room is a place where students are encouraged by the RSL to research from the RSL’s collection, and where members of KDHS and the public can utilise the society’s resources and research material.

For more information about the KDHS resource location and arrangements please follow this link.

Please note that the KDHS collection can be viewed by appointment only.  If any members wish to view our records please contact the Secretary, Peter Nimmo at  anim3293@bigpond.net.au

“The challenge of history is to recover the past and introduce it to the present.”

David Thelen

Latest News

The next meeting of the Kenmore and District Historical Society Inc will take place on Thursday 21 July 2016 from 7 to 9 pm at the Kenmore Library.

The guest speakers are Jeff and Ann Hilder, presenting on the McGrath family. John McGrath was transported as a convict in 1836. He is thought to have been the first settler in the Kenmore area, having leased land in partnership with his brother Darby by 1848.

For further information contact Peter Nimmo on 0421 055 151 or anim3293@bigpond.net.au

The Kenmore and District Historical Society meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 9pm unless otherwise advised.  Upcoming dates for 2016 are Thursday 18 August, Thursday 15 September, Thursday 20 October and Thursday 17 November.  Guest speakers and topics for these meetings will be advised closer to the date.

Membership

Everyone is welcome to join the Kenmore & District Historical Society Inc.  The benefits of becoming a member are detailed below.

  • Knowledge that you are supporting volunteer work within the Society
  • Receipt of a monthly newsletter
  • Events and activities
  • Free access to research material

A membership application form can be downloaded here.

Research Snippet

Members Jim and Barbara Shepherd are researching Kenmore and district postal and mailing services. The first postal service in the overall district appears to have been at Moggill in 1861. In those early years the mail was run from a store and this was the case with Moggill. Sometimes the service was run from a school as happened at Fig Tree Pocket from 1871. The next district postal services opened in Brookfield in 1876, then Pullenvale in 1878 and Indooroopilly in the early 1880s. Right up into the 20th century, farming families at Kenmore had ‘C/- Post Office, Indooroopilly’ as their postal address.

Can you help?

The Kenmore and District Historical Society is run by volunteers.  New volunteers are always welcome to assist with the following tasks:

  • Editing and proofreading;
  • Electronic scanning;
  • Design and layout preparation for publications;
  • Helping at promotional stalls;
  • Providing assistance with transport for elderly members;
  • Writing short histories on the families of early Kenmore and district;
  • Research and oral history.

If you are interested in preserving the history of our beautiful area please send us a message.

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