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, 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 October for a planning day to assess current activities and to plan for the next year.

A Management Committee was formed early in 2014 and first met in February and became officially incorporated in May 2014.  At October 2016 there are 62 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.

The current committee members are:

Judy Magub
3878 4330


Sue Deal
PO Box 47, Kenmore, Qld, 4069
3374 2663

John Carter
Dorothy Miller
Bep Torkington
Edna Winkel

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, at 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 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

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

David Thelen

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.

To contribute to this research please contact Jim Shepherd,

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, unless otherwise advised.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 15 November from 2 to 4 pm.  The meeting will start with a quick summary of Committee news from the past month, then the Annual General Meeting will begin, this will be followed by afternoon tea and a round table discussion. 

Upcoming dates for 2019:

February 21st, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, September 19th, October 17th and November 21st.

For further information contact the committee at

The Society encourages “Hunting Facts at the Kenmore Library”

During the month of October the Kenmore & District Historical Society had a display set up in the Kenmore Library. The display contained our books, 3-dimensional objects that are typical of those from the past, and two “exercises” for those wishing to explore further. These two activities were designed to help share the history of our area with local residents who visit the library, and to encourage them to our website – updated for the display.

The first activity is a Trivia Quiz and the second is a Historical Treasure Hunt based on latitudes and longitudes. You can view these here.

KDHS kenmore library display 3
KDHS kenmore library display 1
KDHS kenmore library display 2


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

A membership application form can be downloaded here.

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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