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Wynberg in New Farm

Wynberg, seen from Holy Spirit Church, was one of the stops on the Historical Walk around New Farm

FOR the fourth week running, Homes with History on the New Farm Peninsula is the No. 1 best-seller at Mary Ryan’s Bookshop in Merthyr Village, New Farm.

The book was the inspiration behind “A Walking Tour of Historical New Farm” which Gerard Benjamin led on Saturday 18 April. The tour, which commenced at the End of the Park Cafe in Brunswick Street, included a visit to Coronet Court, where walkers enjoyed the unexpected good fortune of seeing inside a ground-floor apartment.

P1080332-GWynberg on Brunswick Street proves to be a mystery to many locals and passers-by, but tour participants enjoyed a closer look at the beautiful residence of the Catholic Archbishop when they were welcomed by the house manager for a quick “porch-stop”.

P1080339-GNext it was “off to the pictures”, when New Farm Cinemas‘ co-owner Peter Sourris offered a rest break and an informative tour of his recently-opened establishment. This included seeing one of the 1930s joists of the earlier Astor Theatre, as well as marvelling at the hi-tech projection room. The chocolate shop on the Cinemas’ Barker Street frontage, which sells “Brisbane’s Best”, was a sweet favourite.

P1080365-GWending their way back to New Farm Park via Langshaw and Moray Streets, Turner Avenue and Oxlade Drive, walkers stopped to hear snippets about several more houses featured in the Homes with History book.

Because the Walking Tour was booked out weeks before, organisers Bright Learning are planning a repeat event on Saturday, 20 June 2015.

Photos courtesy of Chris Derrick www.newfarmpark.com.au.



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MaryRyanNF-HwH-No.1-2Apr15THIS WEEK, Homes with History on the New Farm Peninsula has been No. 1 on Mary Ryan New Farm’s Top Ten. This followed a very successful book-signing on Saturday 28 March 2015 when several owners of homes featured in the book requested that their copies be inscribed by the author.

Book talks by Gerard to residents at Marycrest Kangaroo Point and members of New Farm Probus confirmed that stories from the book fascinate listeners. There is clearly a popular demand for historical insights about how people lived their lives in New Farm’s days of old.

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