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 October 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.  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

Minutes Secretary
John Carter

Sue Deal
PO Box 47, Kenmore, Qld, 4069

Honorary Secretary
Judy Magub
3878 4330

Dorothy Miller
Ian Muirhead
Edna Winkel

“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 will be held on Thursday 18 July from 7 to 9 pm.  This month our speaker is Peter Hyde.

Peter’s talk will be about the Brisbane trams. Anyone who grew up in Brisbane would be very familiar with tram travel. It was the way to get around the city in years gone by. Peter responded to a public advertisement in 1968 calling for anyone interested in trying to preserve some of Brisbane Tramway history to attend a public meeting. This meeting resulted in his joining the Brisbane Tramway Museum Society as a foundation member. Over the ensuing years he has served on the committee in various positions including Treasurer and Secretary, and currently hold the post of President. 

Upcoming dates for 2019:

August 15th, September 19th, October 17th and November 21st.

For further information contact the committee at


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 downloaded 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

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,

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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