Kenmore and District Historical Society Incorporated

The Kenmore & District Historical Society Inc aims to research, promote, record and publish the history of the Kenmore district, including the suburbs of Kenmore, Kenmore Hills, Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket and Pullenvale.

The Annual General Meetings held in November each year and the committee meets each year for a planning day to assess current activities and to plan for the next year.

The Society was formed through a Steering Committee late in 2013.

A Management Committee was formed early in 2014 and first met in February and became officially incorporated in May 2014.  There are many members of the Society who have 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.

The current committee members are:

President  Judy Magub Ph: 3878 4330
Secretary  Ian Muirhead
Treasurer  John Carter

Committee Members
Edna Winkel
Sue Deal
Deann O’Donoghue

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

David Thelen

Latest News

The Kenmore and District Historical Society meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 pm at the Kenmore Library Meeting Room, unless otherwise advised.

Our next meeting for 2021 will be held on Thursday 20 May at 7pm in the meeting room at Kenmore Library.

This month’s guest speaker is Harold Peacock, who will be speaking about ‘Dovercourt’, Toowong’s Hidden Treasure & Its People. Harold has written over 200 short stories on his website, he has a weekly radio segment, and recently published a book on Dovercourt which is quite possibly the most unknown historic house in Brisbane.

Meeting Dates for 2021 are:
June 17; July 15; August 19; September 16; October 21 and November 18.

Members will be notified in advance of any changes to these dates.

For further information contact the committee at kenmorehistory@gmail.com

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
  • Monthly meeting with a guest speaker
  • Opportunity to meet others from our local community who have an interest in history
  • Be involved in the process of recording and preserving our local history for future generations

A membership application form can be completed here.

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 printer and computer, at the RSL rooms at the Fairview Aged Care Facility, Pinjarra Hills.  The room is a place where members of KDHS can view 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 Committee at kenmorehistory@gmail.com

Research Assistance

If you can assist with our research we would be very grateful. Maybe you have early photos of the area or maybe you are a long term resident and would like to share with us your memories in an oral history.

Please click here to contact us.

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;
  • Transcribing oral histories and recordings of presentations given at meetings of the Society;
  • 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:
  • Assisting at general meetings to set up and welcome members.

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

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