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New Farm hidden lane

New Farm’s hidden laneways have a charm of their own…

THE recent Walking Tour of Historical New Farm was “fully booked”, and included participants from interstate, and Brisbane residents from New Farm and beyond, plus a junior student of history, eight-month-old Victoria.

For a short time somewhere near Elron Court in Moray Street, the group gained another three participants—which the tour guide accepted as an implied plaudit. Many of the walkers enjoyed being able to get up close to several of the homes featured in Gerard’s much-commended recent book, Homes with History on the New Farm Peninsula.

The popularity of these historical walks means that they are set to continue. Teneriffe will be the locale of the next one on Saturday 14 November 2015, 9-11.30am. Book now on 3666 0924. Why not organise your friends and make it a group outing! (Photos courtesy of Denise) —— SOLD OUT!

New Farm Cafe 63

Cafe 63 in Brunswick Street proved to be the ideal starting off point.


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Artists David Hinchliffe and Jan Jorgensen at the Art Exhibition complementing the launch of “Homes with History”.

THE New Farm and Districts Historical Society’s book launch and art exhibition on Saturday 28 February was lauded as being successful in every respect. Around 250 attended the debut of Gerard Benjamin’s book Homes with History – on the New Farm Peninsula, and many more paraded past the artworks of six artists’ renditions of views and streetscapes of New Farm and nearby.

The Hon. Penelope Wensley AC with author Gerard Benjamin.

The Hon. Penelope Wensley AC with author Gerard Benjamin.

Kindly agreeing to do the honours for the book was former Governor of Queensland, The Honourable Ms Penelope Wensley AC, who travelled from Canberra for the event. In her keynote speech, Ms Wensley indicated that the book offered broad appeal: “The individual stories are absorbing and the wealth of detail used to construct each chapter… is sufficient to impress and satisfy the most demanding of professional chroniclers, architects, archivists, historians and conservationists.” She agreed with the author’s Introduction, that this book is really about people: “All who take the time to read the book will enjoy the parade of personalities that pass through its pages – their diverse interests and occupations mirroring the development of the colony, state and city,” she said.

The book sparked immediate interest…

The book sparked immediate interest…

On behalf of the Society, Lois Kennedy offered an overview of the Society’s activities, and touched on the broad range of topics covered in monthly meetings in recent years. Other distinguished guests who addressed the gathering included newly-elected State Member for Brisbane Central, Ms Grace Grace MP; Brisbane City Councillor Vicki Howard; and Life-Member of the Society, artist David Hinchliffe.

Almost 250 attended the launch and art exhibition.

Almost 250 attended the launch and art exhibition.

Author Gerard Benjamin briefly outlined the chronology of the project, and remarked about how circumstances had conspired to include a never-before-published 1850s sketch, plus letters from the same period. He took this opportunity to read out a letter from Tom Gibbon of London who had generously supplied five letters (1848-1852) written by his ancestor James Gibbon, builder of Teneriffe House. IMG_5213-GThe art show curator, Judi Kahn, exhorted attendees to view the works of David Hinchliffe, Philippa Webb, Liesbeth Thie, Stewart Free, Trevor Downes and Jan Jorgensen, and she also emphasised that the artists would gladly receive commissions. As it transpired, eight commissions eventuated on the day. Also present were National Trust of Australia (Queensland) President, Dr Ian Galloway, and other NTAQ members, along with many of the owners of houses mentioned in Homes with History.

The author lost count of how many books were signed…

The author lost count of how many books were signed…

Following the cutting of the “Homes with History” cake, afternoon tea was available for all, and books were still being signed by the author at 5.30pm. Music was supplied by multi-talented Stewart Free and Col the Accordian player. Congratulations to all who contributed to this truly impressive event – and thanks to Chris Derrick and Gayle Martin for the photography.

Newly-elected State Member for Brisbane Central, Ms Grace Grace (left), presents The Honourable Ms Penelope Wensley AC, with a painting of "Santa Barbara" by New Farm artist Stewart Free, on behalf of the NFDHS.

Newly-elected State Member for Brisbane Central, Ms Grace Grace (left), presents The Honourable Ms Penelope Wensley AC, with a painting of “Santa Barbara” by New Farm artist Stewart Free, on behalf of the NFDHS.

“Homes with History” is available in both soft back and hard back, and may be purchased at • Mary Ryan New Farm • New Farm Editions • Merthyr Road News • Ollie and Lloyd Gift Shop, Gasworks, and • the State Library Bookshop.


POSTSCRIPT about the Annie Street house in Homes with History, from the Courier Mail (7 March 2015): WHEN Channel 9 newsreader Melissa Downes inspected a New Farm house more than a decade ago, she had no idea she had found a missing piece of her family’s history. Read the full story here.

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Homes-with-History-FrontCover-19Feb2015-smallIF you’ve wondered about the history behind the houses as you’ve walked the streets of New Farm, Teneriffe or Newstead, you’re likely to enjoy the new book from the New Farm and Districts Historical Society, Homes with History – on the New Farm Peninsula. To be launched on Saturday 28 February, the book focuses on 20 homes in New Farm and environs, and has been written by Gerard Benjamin, co-author of the popular Reflections on New Farm.

Many are aware that the New Farm locality was once a semi-rural retreat for a few well-heeled families on well-chosen sites. Gradually, the large estates gave way to gentlemen’s villas and workers’ cottages. “Many of those original homes—whether modest or grand—have not survived, but luckily, an impressive variety of houses from earlier eras still remains,” said Gerard. “This book pays less attention to architecture and more to people.”

“In fact, it is really all about people—those who built the houses, the architects they employed, and the successive families who lived in them,” he said. Homes with History is likely to have appeal beyond the peninsula.

As two readers from Morningside explained, “If someone picked up the book who didn’t have an affinity with New Farm, they’d end up having a feeling for the place, and a good idea of how it developed. There’s lots of information, and there are many things we learnt.”


Roseville in Chester Street Teneriffe is one of the houses featured in “Homes with History”.

The 160-page softback book features colour images, and is available from the Historical Society (phone 0409 498 402), and from the Mary Ryan bookshop and New Farm Editions in Merthyr Village for $35. You may be interested in purchasing a numbered limited-edition hard cover version for just $59.50. Please contact the Historical Society for information about postage and handling costs.

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Mareeba Flats (1928) in Harcourt St created strong interest.

Why does the ornate boundary wall in front of Mareeba Flats (1928) in Harcourt St extend past the adjoining property on the high side?

ACCOLADES for the Historical Walk around Teneriffe led by Gerard Benjamin on Saturday 9 November 2013 were unanimous. “An extremely interesting morning which I thoroughly enjoyed and which has now renewed my interest in local history,” said one satisfied participant.

Looking up from Winchcombe Carson Woolstore's magnificent atrium.

Looking up from Winchcombe Carson Woolstore’s magnificent atrium.

The weather was kind, and after an informal introduction with a backdrop slideshow of historic images, the band of walkers enjoyed a quick look inside the 102-year-old Winchcombe Carson Woolstore. Ben Pritchard, a WCW resident and prominent figure in the Teneriffe Progress Association, pointed out the structure’s key features.

The 1885-87 Gas holder is the centrepiece of the new Gasworks Plaza.

The 1885-87 gas holder is the centrepiece of the new Gasworks Plaza.

Next, the group set out along Macquarie St, pausing at Nouvelle, site of an epic woolstore fire in January 1990. Not far away once stood the Newstead Gasworks now occupied by Mirvac’s prestigious Pier buildings. For some in the group, the next stop at Gasworks Plaza was their first visit to this recently opened shopping and dining hub. The precinct’s focus is the gas holder frame dating from 1885.

The trail led to higher ground and the accent changed from commercial and industrial, to residential. The group paused to take in the details of Mareeba Flats (1928), one of New Farm’s earliest such developments. While the thought of climbing all the way to Teneriffe Hill daunted some, a stop in front of historic Roseville in Chester Street inspired some walkers to recall once attending wedding receptions there.

The walk took participants past many of Teneriffe's impressive wool stores.

The walk took participants past many of Teneriffe’s impressive wool stores.

What a surprise awaited the walkers in Ellis Street, but a stone’s throw from James Gibbon’s Teneriffe House (1866). Hilltop hospitality ensured that a seemingly random pause in front of a stylish abode resulted in refreshing offerings of home made cake and ginger beer on a balcony with sensational views of New Farm and the bridge beyond.

Teneriffe Hill has many impressive homes, both old and new...

Is there a shade of ‘woolstore style’ in this modern Teneriffe Hill home?

The walk took industrial streets, residential avenues, a bush-walk and stroll by the beautiful river.

The route included streets of industry, residential avenues, a bush-walk and river-stroll.

The verdict was unanimous: it delivered more than expected, and was worthy of being repeated!

In addition to a tour brochure, participants received a sample bag of relevant historical literature.

Next came a bush-walking descent through Teneriffe Park, before joining the Riverwalk at the Submarine Heritage Trail, then back to base via the sculptured ‘Gloria’.

The overall response was that the walk provided more than participants had expected, and plans are already afoot to stage it again in April 2014. Watch Bright Learning for details.

(Thanks to Ben for the WCW tour, Jo for being group scout, Chris Derrick for the superb pics, and Terry and Malcolm for ‘surprise’ hospitality, as well as Leisa and Nadine at Bright Learning for hosting this ‘first’ so competently and congenially.) 

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Winchcombe-Pics_0018-GWITH the recent opening of Gasworks Plaza, Teneriffe is attracting stronger historical focus. If you’re interested in finding out more about Teneriffe’s fascinating history, there’s no better way than treading the territory in the company of a guide.

Come along on Saturday 9 November when Gerard Benjamin will walk you through some of Teneriffe’s historical landmarks – from woolstores to railway sidings, from workers’ cottages to several of the locality’s key historic residences.

Where was the submarine base, and where was the brewery? These and plenty of other questions will be answered on this amiable two-hour amble.

For more details, contact Bright Learning online or phone Lisa on 07 3013 2413. Book before 19 October to enjoy the early bird price.

This is a great chance to learn about some of Teneriffe’s finer historical details, in the company of like-minded walkers. — Though the WALK IS SOLD OUT, please register your details on the WAIT LIST, for the next time that the walk is offered.

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Gloria the sculpture

Adjusting Gloria’s corsage were (from left), Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Her Excellency Penelope Wensley Governor of Queenland, the ewe’s creator sculptor Mark Andrews, and originator of the concept artist David Hinchliffe.

ONE of the highlights of the 2013 Teneriffe Festival on 6 July was the dedication of a plaque for the sculpted ewe named Gloria.

At a happy informal event under a glorious sky, the officiating party included Graham Quirk the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Her Excellency Penelope Wensley the Governor of Queensland, Brisbane sculptor Mark Andrews who painstakingly completed the impressive work of art, and artist and retired Councillor David Hinchliffe, who came up with the original concept.

Named after the late Gloria Grant (1929-2011), co-author of the popular Reflections on New Farm, the beautifully crafted whimsical merino is fast becoming a Teneriffe riverfront landmark, symbolising as she does the remarkable prosperity of the local precinct’s wool past.

For the occasion, Gloria Ewe was adorned with a hibiscus bloom named ‘High Voltage’ which came from Gloria Grant’s garden.

Gloria near Teneriffe Woolstore

Gloria mixes with the crowd at the 2013 Teneriffe Festival in front of one of the many historic woolstores.

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TENERIFFE’S impressive woolstores offer dramatic testimony that Australia’s prosperity once rode on the sheep’s back.

Thanks to urban renewal, these woolstores have survived. They were under discussion on Radio 4BC 1116AM on Saturday 26 May, when John Scott asked ‘history guru’ Gerard Benjamin to spell out why they were built.

“At Brisbane’s first public auction of wool in 1898, Moreheads offered 357 bales for sale. The next decade saw remarkable growth. There were soon nine wool brokers in the market, and woolstores capable of holding 14,000 bales were being built,” said Gerard.

London Woolstore (pictured above) is the area’s second oldest remaining woolstore, and it turns 100 this year. The milestone is being marked by an historical plaque which Gerard is preparing, to be unveiled at the forthcoming Teneriffe Festival, which takes place on Saturday 7 July 2012. (Photo: The Capricornian, 14 Dec 1912).

Of course, long-time residents of Teneriffe/New Farm can never forget the woolstore fires. Timbers saturated with lanolin (wool grease) for so long make them highly flammable. Dalgety’s Woolstore (in Macquarie St not far from Florence St) burnt down in 1984. In January 1990, there was another dramatic fire, this time on the site of present-day “Nouvelle Apartments” in Skyring Terrace.

These days, Teneriffe woolstore apartments are highly sought-after abodes. What is it like for people living in such historic buildings? “On very hot days, I can still detect a whiff of lanolin,” one woolstore resident told Gerard.

For more information, Tides of Teneriffe, published by the New Farm & Districts Historical Society, is available from Mary Ryan’s bookshop, Merthyr Village, New Farm, and the State Library of Qld bookshop.

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