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:

President
Judy Magub
3878 4330

Minutes Secretary
John Carter

Treasurer
Sue Deal
PO Box 47, Kenmore, Qld, 4069

Honorary Secretary
Judy Magub
3878 4330

Members
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 April from 7 to 9 pm.  This month we will have two guest speakers, Des Draydon and Margaret Watts.

Des Draydon is a retired Barrister now living at Karana Downs. Born in Clermont and schooled in Toowoomba, Des pursued a high-level legal career in Queensland, starting as an Associate to Mr Justice Gibbs and then at the Bar through the legal challenges associated with the Bjelke-Petersen days in government. But Des kept coming back to his early days in Clermont, where he met people who still talked about events leading to the Shearers’ Strike in the 1890s. His research led him to investigate the way those events involved Banjo Paterson, and how the words of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ can be linked to events during the Shearers’ Strike. This link will be the focus of Des’ talk, which he has entitled “Boiling the Billy with Banjo”.’ 

 Margaret Watts our second speaker, is from the Brookfield District Museum and Historical Society, and a member of KDHS. She grew up in Sydney and has a background in architecture and art history. Moving to Brookfield in 1985, she became interested in the local history and joined the Brookfield Historical Society in 2003. This interest has been sustained through research and through meeting people from local families who are pleased to record their stories. The Museum is an ongoing challenge. 

Upcoming dates for 2019:

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

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 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 kenmorehistory@gmail.com

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, jshepherd34@bigpond.com

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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