Last month, we sold our Townsville home of thirty-one years and moved to Brisbane. We’ve been lured south for several reasons, among the most compelling being family, cultural opportunities, and to escape the long, humid, tropical summers. Townsville is my hometown and, though my husband originates from Brisbane, he last lived here in 1979 before moving north. The move has not been sudden though. We began thinking about it when we visited our son here in mid-2012. In mid-2013 we bought a nice little 1960s house – with a few simple mid-century modern design features – that delights us. As my husband is an Architectural Technician (aka “drafty”) with an interest in heritage architecture, and I have this year been awarded a History PhD, we love the architectural heritage Brisbane offers. Of course, while the buildings of Brisbane – whether domestic, commercial, government, etc. – are interesting of themselves, their interest is greatly enhanced by the lives lived within, the events that have occurred in and around them, and the heritage of change on many sites.
As a historian who has now become a resident of Brisbane, I am keen to discover the stories of people, place and belonging, that abound in Brisbane. To begin this venture of historical discovery, I recently started as a volunteer researcher at the Royal Historical Society of Queensland in William Street, as well as the Queensland Police Museum in Roma Street, and will also soon begin volunteering at the Museum of Queensland. I am also keen to take advantage of the many informative talks and events on offer by various organisations, such as Brisbane City Council Libraries. Last weekend we attended an interesting talk at Sunnybank Hills Library by historian, Dr Neville Buch, in which he drew parallels between the significant historical characters of London who are commemorated through the Blue Plaque system, and the multitude of significant historical figures who have called Brisbane home.
Through this blog, I hope to share my discoveries of Brisbane’s fascinating history and will welcome responses that can further enhance the stories and facts that will come to light.