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
Minutes Secretary  John Carter
Treasurer  Sue Deal
Honorary Secretary  Judy Magub Ph: 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 19 September from 7 to 9 pm.  This month’s speaker is Duncan Richardson and the topic is ‘Captives of the Spanish Lady – Flu Quarantine 1919’.

Duncan Richardson’s stories have appeared in various magazines and books, including, Jason Chen and the Time Banana, Dinomania and in several anthologies. He has also published a history of Brisbane’s worst year, Year of Disaster-Brisbane 1864, which was the topic of his presentation to KDHS last year. His current project focuses on some of the people who tried to make Brisbane a safer and saner place to live in the mid-19th century. 

Upcoming dates for 2019:

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 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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