Brisbane History Group:

Publications

 

The BHG offers five valuable historical series on the Brisbane region:

  • Series 1: Historical papers
  • Series 2: Heritage tours
  • Series 3: Historical sources
  • Series 4: Historical facsimiles
  • Series 5: Historical studies
  • Until 1993 the first three series of BHG publications were in A4 pages of offset printed text and illustrations, bound in soft covers. Recent publications are in a customised format, indexed and liberally illustrated.

    Unless Out of Print [O/P], publications may be purchased at BHG functions or obtained by forwarding the separate order form. All publications may be inspected at the John Oxley Library in the State Library of Queensland and the National Library of Australia. A substantial number of BHG publications may also be found at The University of Queensland Libraries. Further information on a specific library’s collection can be found by selecting the appropriate link.

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    SERIES 1: HISTORICAL PAPERS 1981-2010

    Usually given orally first at BHG functions. Out of print volumes in this series may be inspected at the John Oxley Library in the State Library of Queensland and at the State Library of New South Wales and the State Library of Victoria. The University of Queensland also has some titles in this series.

    BHG PAPERS NO. 22: BRISBANE: HOUSES, GARDENS, SUBURBS AND CONGREGATIONS
    2010 (324 pages), ed. Rod Fisher
    Recreating the house … in Annerley (Rod Fisher; The Imrie house at Spring Hill (Val Donovan); Interiors between the wars (Nicola Stairmand); A new way of living (Maureen Lillie); Discovering the garden … in Brisbane (Jean Sim); Dissecting Victoria Park (John Laverty); Assessing the Acclimatisation Gardens (Peter Osborne); Superintending the parks by Harry Moore (Jean Sim); Reflecting the suburb … of New Farm (Gloria Grant & Gerard Benjamin); New Farm from quality street to mixed assortment (Helen Bennett); The Happy Valley of Stafford (John Mackenzie-Smith); Wilston to Grange in retrospect (Barry Shaw); Researching institutions … of Anglicanism (John Mackenzie-Smith); Baptists in colonial Queensland (Les Ball); The Jewish community in Queensland (Morris Ochert); The Catholic cathedral that never was (Jennifer Harrison).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 21: BRISBANE: PEOPLE AND PLACES OF ASHGROVE
    2010 (349 pages), ed. Barry Shaw
    You can't step in the same river twice (Nurdon Serico); The making of Ashgrove (Manfred Cross); The Woodlands precinct (Janet Hogan); Glimpses of pre-separation Ashgrove: Landscape, land use, access (Dick Paten); Alexander Stewart and the evolution of West Ashgrove (Helen bennett); Alexander Stewart of Glenlyon: Foundation for empire (Dick & Del Paten); Alexander Jolly (John R Laverty); Town planning and the Glenlyon Gardens Estate (John R Laverty); Hogan's half acre: Woodlands, Ashgrove (Janet Hogan); Ashgrove State School: A tale of two sites (Paul Sayer); This other Eden: George Rogers Harding of St Johns Wood (Paul Sayer); Robert Little: More than a local solicitor (Paul Sayer); Daniel Rowntree Somerset: 'A scrupulously upright and conscientious gentleman' (Paul Sayer); John Laskey Woolcock: Lawyer and scholar (Paul Sayer); A childhood in wartime Ashgrove (John Mackenzie-Smith).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 20: BRISBANE: WATER, POWER AND INDUSTRY  
    2008 (174 pages), ed. Carolyn Fitzgerald.
    The arrival of a profession: How the engineer reached Brisbane (Ray Whitmore); Cleansing waters: The battle for the Enoggera catchment pine trees (Bill Oliver); The politics of Brisbane’s early water-supply schemes (John Laverty); Floods, water quality and river crossings, Mount Crosby 1890-1931 (Bill Oliver); The 1893 floods and Mount Crosby waterworks (Ray Whitmore); The Brisbane coal wharf (Ray Whitmore); A short history of the Darra cement plant (Judith Anderson); West End’s horsedrawn buses (Beryl Roberts); Trams, tramways and termini (Garry Ford); The power behind the trams (John Laverty); And then there was light … in Brisbane (Jim Simmers); Lightning: And there was darkness in Brisbane (Doug Mercer); Battle lines: The struggle for public electricity supply in Ipswich, 1917 to 1967 (Doug Mercer); Electricity sales and promotions: Brisbane 1920s to 1950s (Jan King); The South Brisbane Gas & Light Co Ltd: An abridged history (Brian King); From boots to ballet shoes: The story of the Thomas Dixon Centre (Judith A Anderson); Rise and decline of the toy industry in Brisbane (Marjory Fainges).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 19: BRISBANE - MORETON BAY MATTERS
    2002 (148 pages), ed. Murray Johnson.
    Dunwich: Convicts, Passionists and shattered hopes (John Mackenzie-Smith); Whose guilt? What reward?: The loss of the 'Sovereign' 1847 (Murray Johnson); 'Sweet surrender': Sugar production at St Helena penal establishment 1867-89 (Yvonne Reynolds); 'A modified form of whaling': The Moreton Bay dugong fishery 1846-1920 (Murray Johnson); 'Nothing beyond myself and Mr. Watkins': James Hamilton and the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1865-85 (Joseph Goodall); 'Keep them away from Brisbane': Bribie Island Aboriginal reserves 1877-79 and 1891-92 (Shirleene Robinson); 'Leading lights': The first Moreton Island lighthouse communities (Rosemary Ahearn); Patrick Roche and HM prison farm on St Helena 1926-31 (Yvonne Reynolds); 'The leper shall dwell alone': A history of Peel Island lazaret (Thom Blake); The whalers of Tangalooma 1952-62 (David Jones); Layers on the landscape: Dunwich Benevolent Asylum (Nonie Malone); The history of Moreton Bay: A saga of lost dreams (Rod Fisher).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 18: BRISBANE - OUR FEDERATION 1901: BRISBANE: PATRIOTISM PASSION AND PROTEST
    2001 (109 pages), ed. Barry Shaw.
    Brisbane: The key to federation? (Katherine McConnel); Federation: The view from the Chief Secretary's Department (Joanne Scott); Queensland local government in the federation decade (John Laverty); 'Intelligent Progress' or 'Injurious Curse'? Manufacturing and the business of federation (David Cameron); Brisbane engineers at federation: The men and their institutions (Bill Oliver); Two Queensland federation poets and the Red Page Razor (John Mackenzie-Smith); Brisbane at Federation 1899-1902 (Raymond Evans).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 17: BRISBANE - RELAXATION, RECREATION AND ROCK 'N' ROLL - POPULAR CULTURE 1890-1990
    2001 (156 pages), ed. Barry Shaw.
    The Brisbane River: A source of recreation 1890-1900 (Patricia Jones); Cricket and cycling in the 1890s (Ian Jobling); Train excursions for the masses in the 1890s (John Kerr); Southport in the 1890s: Decline and temporary fall from favour (Robert Longhurst); Sandgate in the 1890s: Attractions and minor irritations (Barry Shaw); Painters and patrons: Art in Brisbane 1890-1906 (Pam Barnett); Books and reading in the 1890s (Shirley McCorkindale); Proliferating habits: Leisure and clothing in the 1890s (Margaret Maynard); Brisbane by night: Al fresco 1900-1914 (Sue Ward); Brisbane on the visitors' circuit 1870s-1940s (Tim Moroney); Popular culture: Radio to television in the 1950s (Jennifer Harrison); 'Crazy News': Rock 'n' roll in Brisbane and Bill Haley's 'Big Show', 1956-57 (Raymond Evans); More than a passing trade: The social role of pubs (Maureen Lillie); Brisbane's Irish brewers and cordial manufacturers (David Larkin); Legislation and hotels (Judy Rechner).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 16: BRISBANE – SQUATTERS, SETTLERS AND SURVEYORS
    2000 (158 pages), eds. Rod Fisher and Jennifer Harrison.
    Too good a site for a gaol (Colin Sheehan); The Brisbane scene in 1842 (Rod Fisher); Athenians v Thebans: Brisbane by Ipswich journalists (Robyn Buchanan); The fifty-mile limit (Colin Sheehan); Down rode the squatters (Val Donovan); Shepherds on the Stanley (Murdoch Wales); Simpson's settlers (Jennifer Harrison); Andrew Petrie: Father of Brisbane (John Mackenzie-Smith); John Williams: Merchant adventurer (Helen Gregory); Thomas Dowse: Brisbane's Samuel Pepys (Mark Gosling); Pioneering surveyors of Moreton Bay district (Roma Draper); Surveying early street levels in Brisbane (Evan Richard).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 15: BRISBANE - CORRIDORS OF POWER
    1997 (214 pages), ed. Barry Shaw.
    Brisbane's first Town Hall: A case of aldermanic bumbling and jobbery (John Laverty); Civic temple or tower of Babel: A history of Brisbane's City Hall (John Laverty); Brisbane City Hall: History and heritage (Peter Newell); The renovation of City Hall (Ron Baker); 'A somewhat rash experiment': Queensland Parliament as a microcosm of society (Lyn Armstrong); From penal depot to colonial city: Queensland Houses of Parliament and the Second Empire style (Paul Jolly); The planning and design of Old Government House (Paul Jolly); The renovation of Parliament House (Ian Charlton); Is history repeating itself here in Queensland? (Ross Fitzgerald); Queensland Parliament in the 1890s (Peter Beattie); The constitutional conventions of the 1890s and the role of Samuel Griffith (Ken Wiltshire); The 1890s constitutional debates through the eyes of the Queensland press (Rod Kirkpatrick); Feminist issues in Queensland in the 1890s (Kay Saunders); William Alfred Jolly: A slave to duty (John Laverty); Alfred James Jones: Labor's first lord mayor (Manfred Cross); John Beals Chandler: The little man at City Hall (John Laverty); J C Slaughter: Brisbane's quintessential town clerk (Doug Tucker).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 14: BRISBANE - PEOPLE , PLACES AND PROGRESS
    1995 (180 pages), ed. Rod Fisher & Barry Shaw.
    Sandgate before the railway (John Mackenzie-Smith); Bald Hills: From pioneers to pastoralists (Barry Shaw); Coorparoo: The development of a shire (John Laverty), The tramways and Coorparoo (Garry Ford); Going to the flicks around Coorparoo (Pat Reuschle); Landmarks of the Coorparoo district (Jim Bruce), A family view of the Nicklins of Coorparoo (Don Nicklin); The King Family and Erica, Coorparoo (Patricia Ryan); A trusted officer and worthy gentleman: Judge Alfred Lutwyche of Kedron (Paul Sayer); Woolloongabba transported: Its changing face (Anthony Smith); Subdivision boom, building bust: The slow settlement of Norman Park (Kevin Conmee); Saturday night at the movies: The picture theatres of Morningside, Bulimba and Balmoral (Karen Cox); Spotlight on Lang Park: The recycled cemetery as a socio-political football (Rod Fisher); From town to metropolis: Contemporary visions of Brisbane (Vivien Harris).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 13: BRISBANE - CEMETERIES AS SOURCES
    1994 (141 pages), ed. Rod Fisher & Barry Shaw.
    Cemeteries: Footprints in stone (Jennifer Harrison); Tantalizing tombstones (John Clements); They were left behind: Some northern insights (Lori Harloe); Life and death on the Ipswich - Toowoomba railway 1865-67 (Greg Hallam); That controversial cemetery: The North Brisbane burial grounds 1843-75 and beyond (Rod Fisher); Cemetery life at Toowong in 1877; Governmental graves at Toowong (Manfred Cross); Toowong and some heroes (Judith McKay); Gow's funeral business since 1910 (A R (Bert) Gow); Ives monumental works at Lutwyche1924-80 (Edith Ives); Cemetery regulation at Lutwyche in 1878; Introducing Nudgee: Suburb, institutions and cemetery (Helen Gregory); Irish graves at Nudgee cemetery (David O'Lorcain); Some notable Irish in Nudgee cemetery ( David O'Lorcain); Cemetery survey worksheet; Cemetery symbolism.

    BHG PAPERS NO. 12: BRISBANE - THE ETHNIC PRESENCE SINCE THE 1850S
    1993 (130 pages), ed. Rod Fisher & Barry Shaw.
    The Welsh in Queensland (W Ross Johnston); Irish immigration and settlement in Queensland (M E R MacGinley); A willing community: Early Irish immigration to Queensland (Jennifer Harrison); German immigration to Queensland (John A Moses); The beginnings of German immigration to Queensland (Margaret Jenner); Italians in Queensland (Fiorenza Jones); Italian immigrants of the 1870s (Don Dignan); Political characteristics of Russians in Brisbane in the 1900s (Olga Doubrovskaya); Early Greek eating places in Brisbane in the early 1900s (Denis A Conomos); The Jewish enclave in Brisbane (John Trone); Nazis abroad? Internment in Brisbane in the second world war (Kay Saunders).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 11: BRISBANE - THE ABORIGINAL PRESENCE 1824-1860
    1992 (106 pages), ed. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    The Mogwi take Mi-an-jin: Race relations and the Moreton Bay penal settlement 1824-42 (Raymond Evans); From depredation to degradation: The Aboriginal experience at Moreton Bay 1842-60 (Rod Fisher); The theatre of justice: Race relations and capital punishment at Moreton Bay 1841-59 (Libby Connors); The Kilcoy poisonings: The official factor 1841-43 (John Mackenzie-Smith); Snakes in the grass: The press and race relations at Moreton Bay 1846-47 (Denis Cryle); Wanton outrage: Police and Aborigines at Breakfast Creek 1860 (Raymond Evans).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 10: BRISBANE - MINING, BUILDING, STORY BRIDGE, THE WINDMILL
    1991 (198 pages), ed. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Geological development of the Brisbane region (Laurie Hutton & Andrew Stephens); Rock and stone materials of the Brisbane region (David Trezise); The sand and gravel industry in the Brisbane region (John Malempre); Coal in the Brisbane region (Ray Whitmore); Gold mining in the Brisbane region (David Trezise); Silver and lead mining at FinneysHill, Indooroopilly (David Rowlands); The history of the Queensland State Library (Colin Sheehan); Theatre in Brisbane and provincial Queensland (Richard Fotheringham); Callender House, 355 Wickham Terrace (Fiona Gardiner); A Wickham Terrace household before the first world war (Elizabeth Marks); Ross Roy, Indooroopilly (Helen Fridemanis); Brisbane's timber houses in Queensland context: Towards a dynamic analysis (Rod Fisher); Nineteenth century municipal masonry (Evan Richard); John Arthur Manus O'Keeffe, Irishman: Stombuco's building associate in boomtime Brisbane (Rod Fisher); The Story Bridge: Social history (Libby Connors); The Story Bridge: Traffic and planning (Allan Krosch & Adam Pekol); The Story Bridge: Design and construction (Albert Contessa); Brisbane's historic windmill (Janet Hogan); The old windmill: A haunting heritage (Rod Fisher); Brisbane's tower mill: A new look at an old friend (Ray Whitmore); The old windmill: An account of the conservation process (Peter Marquis-Kyle).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 9: BRISBANE - LOCAL, ORAL AND PLACENAME HISTORY
    1990 (158 pages), ed. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Historical records in the local community: Oscar Badke and the city of Troy (Angela Collyer); An urban history case study: Involving the community in local history projects (Patsy Cloake); Doing the heritage walk (or ride) (Rod Fisher); Communicating with the membership: Editing a local history newsletter (Jane Williamson-Fien); Organising a local history session (Rod Fisher); Oral history and local history (Roberta Bonnin); Oral history and family history (Jennifer Harrison); Voices on the dark side of the moon: Oral research and Aboriginal informants (Thom Blake); Oral history exposed (Ross Johnston); Oral history as a method of contemporary research (Helen Fridemanis); What's in a placename? (Jennifer Harrison); Aboriginal placenames in Brisbane: Misplaced, mispronounced and misunderstood (Elizabeth Dann); Placenames of the Nundah district (Denis Cleary); Process in placenaming southeast Brisbane (William Metcalf); Toowong, or should it be Banerba, or even West Milton? (Henel Gregory); Plotting the placenames of Petrie-Terrace (Rod Fisher); Placenames and historical maps (Paul Wilson); The potential of placename research (Rod Fisher); You too have archives (Roslyn McCormack); Photographs as historical sources (Robert Longhurst); Presentation and preservation of artefacts (Daniel Robinson); Creating a local history collection and centre (Rod Fisher).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 8: BRISBANE IN 1888 - THE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
    1988 (170 pages), ed. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Queen Street, North Brisbane (Jennifer Harrison); Old Frogs Hollow: Devoid of interest, or a den of iniquity? (Rod Fisher); Night of broken glass: The anatomy of an anti-Chinese riot (Raymond Evans); South Brisbane: The making of a city (John Laverty); Immigrant health and reception facilities (Helen Woolcock); Nurse training comes to town (Helen Gregory); The state of science (Ray Sumner); Foundations: The Queensland Institute of Architects (Don Watson); 'A temple of industry': The Courier building of 1887 (Denis Cryle); Building a house in 1888 (Fiona Gardiner); Sport in 1888: An historical perspective (Ian Jobling); 'Cheerily doth he push northward, the black coat and shining topper of civilization': Dress and the urban experience (Margaret Maynard); 'New, brawny, uneven and half-finished: Brisbane among the Australian capital cities (Graeme Davison).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 7: BRISBANE - ARCHIVES AND APPROACHES II
    1988 (180 pages), ed. Rod Fisher & Margaret Jenner. [Out of print]
    Local history sources at Queensland State Archives (Lee McGregor); The Queensland Museum for local historians (Dan Robinson); The John Oxley Library: Historical sources in new premises (Colin Sheehan); Church and related records in the John Oxley Library (Roslyn McCormack); The Anglican Archives (Patricia Ramsay); Westpac Banking Corporation archives: A case-study of bank records (Brian Randall); Historical resources of the Department of Geographic Information (Les Isdale); Researching the history of a Queensland house (Fiona Gardiner); Directories to people, places and patterns in Quensland since 1868 (Rod Fisher); Queensland Railways: A journey round the resources (John Kerr); Mining archives in Queensland (Ray Whitmore); Local history, social history and the law: Early criminal records in Queensland (Libby Connors); Death in Queensland: The administration of deceased estates (Paul Sayer).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 6: BRISBANE - PEOPLE, PLACES & PAGEANTRY
    1987 (200 pages), ed. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    The squatters of Kilcoy and district (Gerry Langevad); Early squatters in the Moreton Bay environment (Kevin Carmody); Evan Mackenzie of Kilcoy and the foundation of Brisbane 1841-45 (John Greig Smith); David Cannon McConnel's second 'bump of hope': Bulimba House and farm 1849-53 (Rod Fisher); Amalie Dietrich and Queensland botany (Ray Sumner); John Moffat: A South Brisbane entrepreneur in the late 1860s (Ruth S Kerr); The Toohey family: Irish Catholicism and land speculation in early Brisbane (Alan Hill & Bill Metcalf); Archbishop James Duhig: Leadership in the Queensland community (T P Boland); Brisbane, Ipswich or Cleveland: The capital port question at Moreton Bay1842-59 (Dushen Salecich); The foundation of Kangaroo Point 1843-46 (John Greig Smith); 'Oh-ver' there: Early days on Brisbane's southbank (Rod Fisher); Southwest Brisbane in the 1840s and 1850s: Land ownership and usage patterns (Helen Gregory); The first Sydney-Brisbane steamship service 1841-45 (Ray Whitmore); The politics of Brisbane's first waterworks 1859-71 (John Laverty); The Old Botanic Gardens of Brisbane: An historical survey 1828-1984 (Ross D McKinnon); South Brisbane: The forgotten city (Jane Williamson-Fien); Future uses of Brisbane's southbank (Phil Heywood & Tom Randall); Ritual and custom in the Lutheran tradition at Bethania (Stephen Nuske); Brisbane theatre and the Southbank (Jennifer Radbourne); The Princess Theatre: From then to TN (Heather Jones); Brisbane during the festive season: A dialogue with the colonial dead (Rod Fisher).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 5: BRISBANE - ABORIGINAL, ALIEN, ETHNIC
    1987 (170 pages), ed. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Mi-an-jin: A re-creation of Aboriginal lifeways on the Brisbane River (Peter K Lauer); A short prehistory of the Moreton region (J Hall); 'Snakes in the Grass': The press and race relations at Moreton Bay 1846-47 (Denis Cryle); 'Wanton outrage': Police and Aborigines at Breakfast Creek 1860 (Raymond Evans); The earliest photographs of Queensland Aborigines?: Amalie Dietrich's collection for Museum Godeffroy 1863-72 (Ray Sumner); Excluded, exhibited, exploited: Aborigines in Brisbane 1897-1910 (Thom Blake); The alien presence in early Brisbane 1840-60: A preliminary survey (Rod Fisher); German immigration to Queensland 1838-1981: A survey (John A Moses); Irish immigration and settlement in Queensland: An overview (M E R MacGinley); Early Greek eating places in Brisbane1900-20 (Denis A Conomos); Some political characteristics of Russians in Brisbane (Olga Doubrovskaya); A preview of the Italian presence in Queensland (Fiorenza Jones); Towards a history of 4EB: Ethnic radio in Brisbane (Con Castan).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 4: BRISBANE AT WAR
    1986 (90 pages), ed. Helen Taylor. [Out of print]
    The battles of Brisbane: The conscription struggle 1916-17 (Raymond Evans); 'The memory of the Anzacs…': Implications of World War I for Queensland schooling to 1939 (Libby Connors); Racial conflict in Brisbane in World War II: The imposition of patterns of segregation upon black American servicemen (Kay Saunders); 'Rifles or running shoes - which is it to be?': Brisbane 1942 (Helen Taylor); Putting the Digger on a pedestal: Queensland commemorates the Great War (Judith McKay).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 3: BRISBANE - HOUSING, HEALTH, RIVER AND THE ARTS
    1985 (160 pages), ed. Rod Fisher & Ray Sumner. [Out of print]
    An overview of the Brisbane house (Don Watson); The small Brisbane house (Richard Allom); The elite Brisbane house (Janet Hogan); The Brisbane house in historical context (Ray Sumner); The Brisbane house in environmental context (Bal Saini); In search of the Brisbane house (Rod Fisher); Casualties of Brisbane's growth: Infant and child mortality in the 1860s (Helen Gregory & John Thearle); Saving the children: Brisbane and medical triumphs of the 1890s (John Thearle & Helen Gregory); When the plague came to Queensland (Lorraine Cazalar); A geological history of the Brisbane River (Gerald Sargent); Future use of the Brisbane River ((Phil Heywood); Early bridges across Brisbane (Colin O'Connor); Queensland Art Gallery in historical perspective (Janet Hogan); 'A humble beginning' for Queensland's National Art Gallery (Bettina MacAulay); Decorative arts in early Brisbane (Dianne Byrne); Aspects of early photography in the Moreton Bay region (Rod Fisher).

    BHG PAPERS NO. 2: BRISBANE - ARCHIVES AND APPROACHES I
    1983 (90 pages), ed. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Brisbane's civic records: Factors affecting an historical policy (John Cole); Historical resource materials of the Department of Mapping and Surveying, Queensland (Les Isdale); Historical records at the Titles Office, Brisbane (John Stafford); Research materials, procedures and access at the John Oxley Library (Mamie O'Keeffe); Research collections, policy and access at the Fryer Library (Margaret O'Hagan); Locating the people of Brisbane in time and space (Rod Fisher); Family history and its relation to local history (Jennifer Harrison); Themes and questions for historians of sport in Brisbane (Spencer Routh); Sport and local history: A computerised information and retrieval system (Ian Jobling); The photograph as artefact (Julie Brown); Putting poets in their places: A personal perspective (Val Vallis);

    BHG PAPERS NO. 1: BRISBANE - PUBLIC, PRACTICAL, PERSONAL
    1981 (80 pages), ed. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Local government in Brisbane: An historiographical view (John Laverty); The built environment an historical source (Richard Allom); Schooling in urban context (Tom Watson); Martyrs to civilisation? Problems of nineteenth century art in Brisbane (Margaret Maynard); Preserving the industrial and engineering heritage (Ray Whitmore); Tracing the Brisbane water supply (Geoff Cossins); The evolving railways of Brisbane (John Kerr); SEQEB and the perpetual record (Fred Annand); Delineating the character of the Queensland house (Meredith Walker); Early occupation of land in south-west Brisbane (Helen Gregory); Studying a community concept: Late nineteenth century Toowong (Helen Bennett); Devising research strategies for historical society: The lifecourse approach (John Cole); Imagination versus documentation in urban evolution (John Wheeler); The mosaic of source material (Colin Sheehan).

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    SERIES 2: HERITAGE TOURS 1986-2013

    Initially conducted as walk/drive tours by the BHG. Out of print issues in this series may be inspected at the John Oxley Library in the State Library of Queensland and at Brisbane City Council libraries.

    BHG TOURS NO. 27: A ROBIN DODS BRISBANE HERITAGE TOUR
    (2013) 28 pages, comp. Paul Sayer.
    Robert Smith (Robin) Dods (1868 – 1920) was one of Queensland’s most innovative architects in the early years of the twentieth century. His work was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement inspired by the writings of John Ruskin and Augustus Pugin. This booklet, which examines Dods’ work in the commercial, religious and domestic spheres, contains two tours. The first looks at Dods’ work in the CBD and nearby suburbs, with an excursus to Wynnum; the second focuses on his domestic architecture in Brisbane’s northern and western suburbs. Illustrated.

    BHG TOURS NO. 26: SITES OF SEPARATION BRISBANE HERITAGE TRAIL
    2009 (78 pages), ed. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    This volume consists of a walking trail and a drive trail. The walking trail through the Brisbane CBD runs clockwise around the town, viewing past sites and present structures in the north, east, south, centre and west, and back via Wickham Terrace. The drive trail by bus takes in South to East Brisbane, Kangaroo Point and Fortitude Valley, around New Farm to Hamilton and Windsor, then back via Spring Hill, Petrie Terrace, Red Hill and Milton. Each tour takes approximately 1¾ hours. This booklet edited by Rod Fisher consists of articles written by 35 contributors and covers more than 100 significant sites. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 25: ASHGROVE HERITAGE TOUR
    2006 (28 pages), ed. Dick Paten.
    A self-drive tour of one of Brisbane's early western suburbs, tracing the pathway to the Ashgrove of today from a past of country estates, dairy farms, market gardens and the rural homes of city professionals, businessmen and workers. Residential suburban subdivision in Ashgrove east dates from the 1880s, but in the west this did not begin for the most part until the mid-1920s. The resulting diversity of house styles gives Ashgrove a particular quality that is well worth exploring.  Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 24: BARDON HERITAGE TOUR
    2005 (28 pages), comp.Barry Shaw.
    A self-drive tour of one of Brisbane's older western suburbs, with its wealth of architectural styles from lowly timber houses to the surviving architect-designed residences of the elite in a sylvan setting. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 23: BRISBANE'S COMMERCIAL HERITAGE 1900-1940 - THREE WALKING TOURS OF THE CBD
    2002 (72 pages), ed. Helen Bennett
    Researched by historians expert in writing about Queensland's cultural heritage, this handy tour booklet contains three self-guided walking tours full of interesting notes and illustrations. Each tour explores a different part of the central business district. It is fully referenced with an overview essay, and is also a handy reference tool for classroom use.

    BHG TOUR NO. 22: OUR FEDERATION 1901 - BRISBANE HERITAGE TRAIL
    2001. (108 pages), ed. Rod Fisher, Janet Haywood, Chris Gabbett, Denise Austin & Vanessa Norimi.
    Prepared by historical experts with federation funding, this heritage trail includes a timeline, two route maps and 70 illustrations, covering 94 significant buildings and sites in town and suburbs. It shows that Brisbaneites were deeply and personally involved in the process of federation, especially during the climactic years of 1899 and 1901.

    BHG TOUR NO. 21: STOMBUCO HERITAGE TOUR
    1999. (44 pages), comp. Caroline Smith, ed. Rod Fisher.
    Many of the sculpturesque buildings designed by Andrea Stombuco, the extravagant, flamboyant and volatile Italian who changed the face of booming Brisbane. Illustrated

    BHG TOUR NO. 20: ST LUCIA CAMPUS HERITAGE TOUR
    1998 (32 pages), comp. Sylvia Bannah.
    Visit central circuit, colleges and lakes circuit, sports and social sciences circuit and greenhouse circuit. Four self-guided walking tours that provide a first hand experience of past and present highlights of the university and its environment. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 19: SPRING HILL HERITAGE TOUR: WICKHAM TERRACE
    1997 (28 pages), comp. Judy Rechner. [Out of print]
    Doctors, their homes and hospitals, boarding-houses, schools, engineering marvels, clubs and discovered much more on this walking tour. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 18: YERONGA HERITAGE TOUR
    1996 (44 pages), comp. Bronwyn Price.
    Historical overviews, architectural commentary, historical photographs and user-friendly directions with a map. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 17: A BRISBANE HISTORICAL PUB TOUR
    1995 (24 pages), comp. Barry Shaw.[Out of print]
    The history and heritage of some eighteen of our finest 19th century watering holes and early breweries. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 16: STAFFORD AND WILSTON-GRANGE HERITAGE TOUR
    1995 (48 pages), comp. Barry Shaw.
    An exploration of two suburbs from rural beginnings, including tanneries, slaughteryards, piggeries, churches, shopping centres and houses. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 15: BRISBANE CITY CHURCHES HERITAGE TOUR
    1994 (28 pages), comp. Paul Sayer, Margaret Jenner and Pam Cory. [Out of print]
    Fourteen city churches, including All Saints, the Brisbane Synagogue, St Andrews, St Johns, St Pauls and St Stephens. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 14: NORTHERN SUBURBS HERITAGE TOUR
    1993 (27 pages), comp. Mervyn Royle. [Out of print]
    People, heritage places, important landmarks, street name derivations and events in Windsor, Wooloowin, Lutwyche and Kedron. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 13: BALD HILLS HERITAGE TOUR
    1993 (28 pages), comp. Barry Shaw. [Out of print]
    The history of a suburb as revealed by its churches, schools, settlers, radio station, farmhouses, shops, businesses and events. Illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 12: SPRING HILL HERITAGE TOUR: ST PAULS TO GREGORY TERRACE
    1993 (24 pages), comp. Rod Fisher.
    The cultural heritage of houses, hotels, schools, playground, pool and more are described for this small locality, many illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 11: COLONIAL GEORGE AND WILLIAM STREET HERITAGE TOUR
    1991 (24 pages), comp. Rod Fisher.
    Twenty heritage places, including government buildings, hotels, terraces and parks, fully illustrated.

    BHG TOUR NO. 10: BRISBANE RIVER VALLEY HERITAGE TOUR
    1991 (24 pages), comp. John Mackenzie-Smith. [Out of print]
    Places, people, preoccupations, from Wivenhoe to Woodford, especially the squatter homesteads of Bellevue, Caboonbah, Cressbrook, Kilcoy and Durundur.

    BHG TOUR NO. 9: THE OLD COORPAROO SHIRE: A HERITAGE DRIVE TOUR
    1991 (30 pages), comp. Judy Rechner. [Out of print]
    People, places, events, street names, dwellings, the history of Coorparoo shire including parts of Camp Hill, Norman Park and Greenslopes.

    BHG TOUR NO. 8: THE SANDGATE/SHORNCLIFFE HERITAGE TOUR
    1990 (40 pages), comp. Barry Shaw. [Out of print]
    Schools, houses, churches, hotels, public buildings, transport, beaches, the pier and eating places, the history of Sandgate, the Brighton of Brisbane.

    BHG TOUR NO. 7: EASTERN SUBURBS PLACENAMES DRIVE
    1990 (20 pages), comp. Jennifer Harrison & Rod Fisher.
    Estates and subdivisions, pioneers, churches, houses, history and heritage sites of East Brisbane, Bulimba and Norman Park, concentrating on their placenames, including locality, street and building nomenclature, plus a quiz.

    BHG TOUR NO. 6: BRISBANE 1888 HERITAGE TOUR
    1988 (108 pages), comp. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Drive includes North Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Toowong, Red Hill, Spring Hill, Breakfast Creek, Hendra, Ascot, Hamilton, Kangaroo Point, East Brisbane and South Brisbane.

    BHG TOUR NO. 5: FROM TOWN TO TOOWONG: RIVERPATH HERITAGE TOUR
    1986 (42 pages), comp. Rod Fisher & John Mackenzie-Smith. [Out of print]
    Roads, buildings, gardens, creeks, drains, bridges, industries, families and sights on both sides of the river from the Bicentennial bikeway/path.

    BHG TOUR NO. 4: CABOOLTURE TO KILCOY HERITAGE DRIVE
    1986 (16 pages), comp. John Mackenzie-Smith. [Out of print]
    The original routes, pastoral runs, settlements and pioneers from Caboolture to the Upper Brisbane River Valley.

    BHG TOUR NO. 3: A TOUR OF HISTORIC SOUTH BRISBANE: SOUTHBANK HERITAGE DRIVE
    repr. 1986 (27 pages), comp. Bill Evans. [Out of print]
    Historic Homes and buildings in the suburbs adjacent to South Brisbane, especially West End, Hill End and Highgate Hill since the 1860s.

    BHG TOUR NO. 2: A TOUR OF HISTORIC SOUTH BRISBANE: CIVIC PRECINCT HERITAGE WALK
    1985 1986 (16 pages), comp. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Historic buildings and features, especially the old South Brisbane Town Hall, South Brisbane School of Arts complex, first railway, dry dock (Maritime Museum), Ship Inn, Memorial Park, Collins Place, Eden Villa, The Grange and Cumbooquepa since the 1880s.

    BHG TOUR NO. 1: THE UPS AND DOWNS OF PETRIE-TERRACE: WALK/DRIVE HERITAGE TOUR
    2nd ed, 1989 (25 pages), comp. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Historic houses, public buildings and precincts of Petrie Terrace, Caxton Street, Hale Street and side streets since 1861.

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    SERIES 3: HISTORICAL SOURCES 1987-2011
    Indexes, reprints and extracts from original documents.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 14: FERN VALE OR THE QUEENSLAND SQUATTER
    2011 (352 pages), Colin Munro (ed. Rod Fisher)

    Has anyone ever heard of Colin Munro let alone Fern Vale? Yet this was the first Queensland novel published at London in 1862. The author, of Scottish origin, was merely a young mercantile clerk who, after five years in Brisbane, had gone back to London in 1860 to seek a wife and write a book.

    This townsman returned successfully in 1863 to become a storekeeper, merchant and Pacific trader in Brisbane as well as a sugar planter on the Albert River until 1880. He then moved north near Ayr to continue sugar farming with Island labour, but diversified into cattle and especially milk-condensing. In 1897 he went south to found the Cressbrook Dairy Co. and later a similar condensory at Wyreema, while retiring to Brisbane where he died of cancer in 1918.

    Though Munro was an ingenious pioneer in all of those endeavours, he failed to make his fame and fortune. Yet he kept bobbing up like a cork against the tide of adversity – Fern Vale being his forgotten monument.

    While pursuing his agrarian dream in Queensland, this extraordinary man played out the purpose of his novel. Though written as a pastoral romance on the Darling Downs, its real aim was to attract migrants to the new colony during the optimistic 1860s. Taking its cue from the visionary Rev. Dr John D. Lang of Sydney, the novel set in 1856-57 expounds the controversial issues of labour, industry and capital as well as the tropical economy, land regulation, aboriginal policy, convict origin and separation from NSW. While offering intriguing insights into the society and topography of town and country, it climaxes with poisoning and massacring on the colonial frontier.

    Being a serious work dressed as fiction, the three-volumes are now amply extracted, edited with a biographical introduction, contextualised as history and literature, linked narratively with a running commentary, indexed to the original text and illustrated for the first time.

    Historian, Dr Rod Fisher, formerly director of the Applied History Centre at The University of Queensland, is known for his work on the history and heritage of the Brisbane region. 

    I found the novel much more readable and interesting than expected ... a terrific job of sustaining narrative interest and continuity while reducing it to manageable length ... yet retaining Munro’s remarkable descriptive style.
    Pat Buckridge, Professor of Literary Studies, Griffith University

    BHG SOURCES NO 13: TOM HURSTBOURNE OR A SQUATTER’S LIFE
    2010 (336 pages), John Clavering Wood, eds.
    Gloria Grant and Gerard Benjamin.Five years after arriving in the infant colony of Queensland from Shropshire, 27 year old John Clavering Wood wrote a novel about the new frontier. The notebook in which he wrote his story comprised 600 handwritten pages and, on the title page, bore the date 30 January 1865. Although another novel had been written in Queensland some three years previously, it had been published in London. Tom Hurstbourne, Queensland's second novel, has never previously been published. It is well written, descriptive of Queensland life in the 1860s and an adventure story to boot. Gloria Grant and Gerard Benjamin transcribed the manuscript and wrote its introduction and contextual notes.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 12: BOOSTING BRISBANE: IMPRINTING THE COLONIAL CAPITAL OF QUEENSLAND
    2009 (300 pages), comp. Rod Fisher
    When Queensland was separated from New South Wales on 10 December 1859, Brisbane was treated as a capital-port only for the time being. Maryborough, Rockhampton and even Ipswich were the main contenders for the title of capital.

    In favouring Brisbane, a spate of line-drawings depicted its landscapes, buildings, amenities, notables and activities in the 1860s – particularly in illustrated periodicals of other colonies and overseas, pictorial letter-papers sent to family and friends plus occasional prints. To keep pace with new governmental, commercial, societal and individual demands, more images appeared on seals, bills, ads, maps, stamps, coins, medals etc including a flag, a sword and even a necklace. In addition to local newspapers, almanacs, directories and narratives, the first atlas, gardening manual and ornithology appeared.

    This book uses those line-drawings and allied sources to make a graphic journey from England to Moreton Bay, Ipswich and the Darling Downs before 1870, while dwelling upon Brisbane in particular. Through examples and artefacts it also shows how the process of publication, from art, photography, writing and engraving on metal, stone and wood to printing, affected their output. Next come those crafty persons involved in growing the local print culture visually, whether artists, engravers, lithographers, printers or stationers, and then the users themselves. Finally, the historical data on some 400 line-drawings and related artefacts in Australia is cross-referenced to the prior images in a detailed inventory.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 11: INDEX TO PUBLICATIONS 1981-2006
    2006 (110 pages), comp. Rod Fisher.
    Silver Anniversary Index. The Brisbane History Group has published many volumes in several series during its first 25 years. These publications deal with a vast range of people, places and subjects from the aboriginal dreamtime to modern-day metropolis. Yet many items of historical interest are tricky to find, even major topics let alone stray references to a particular person, place, subject, event or thing. This comprehensive index is the key to unlocking such treasures in BHG publications.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 10: OUR FEDERATION 1901: BRISBANE THROUGH THE NEWS
    2002 (248 pages), ed. Katherine McConnel.
    This volume presents through newspaper extracts a portrait of life in Brisbane during the first year of federation and the new century. Chapters cover the celebrations for the Commonwealth of Australia, Imperial and Indian troops, the Royal Visit, opening the first Commonwealth Parliament, the Boer War, plague, deaths, census, the change of Queensland Governors, the built and natural environments, meteorology, crime, accidents and incidents, shopping, in the home, Sunday nuisances, sport, clubs and societies, entertainment, water supply, public health, transport, progress, education, communications, the fire brigade. This volume has been edited and produced with commentary and illustrations by an historical expert.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 9: MORETON BAY IN THE NEWS 1841-1860 – A SELECT SUBJECT INDEX
    2000 (180 pages), comp. Rod Fisher and John Schiavo.
    Localities, properties and features throughout the Moreton Bay district; Agriculture; Leisure; People, electors, subscribers, committees. Compiled from the Moreton Bay courier, the Sydney morning herald and other regional newspapers.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 8: BRISBANE TIMELINE: FROM CAPTAIN COOK TO CITYCAT
    2000 (workbook 396 pages, manual 68 pages, website), Rod Fisher and others.
    A chronology of the Brisbane region from 1770 to 1996 that covers the politics, economic happenings, dramas such as fire and floods, and social, cultural and environmental history of the growth of Brisbane and surrounds. This indispensable guide to the historical highways and byways of Brisbane and environs.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 7: QUEENSLAND ARCHITECTS OF THE 19th CENTURY: INDEX TO THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY
    1999 (78 pages), comp. Judith Nissen.
    A comprehensive index that provides access for genealogists, historians and other researchers using Donald Watson and Judith McKay's Queensland architects of the 19th century: A biographical dictionary published by the Queensland Museum in 1994.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 6: BRISBANE HOTELS AND PUBLICANS INDEX 1842-1900
    1993 (69 pages), comp. Merle Norris. [Out of print]
    An invaluable index to nineteenth century pubs and publicans in North Brisbane, South Brisbane and suburbs.

    BHG SOURCES N0. 5: BRISBANE RIVER VALLEY 1841-50: PIONEER OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES
    1991 (96 pages), comp. John Mackenzie-Smith. Indexed.
    Forming the stations, pastoral and economic problems, John Gregor's missionary tour, Europeans and Aborigines, natural history, Mary McConnel’s memoirs.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 4: BRISBANE, BUTTERFLIES & BEETLES - THE WORK OF AMALIE DIETRICH, MILLAIS CULPIN & ALFRED JEFFERIS TURNER
    1989 (157 pages), comp. Ray Sumner.
    Dietrich’s 1863-72 Queensland zoological collection, problems and challenges for natural history collectors, Culpin’s 1890s letters and life in Taringa, Turner the entomologist and his papers.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 3: BRISBANE TOWN NEWS - FROM THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 1842-46
    1989 (178 pages), comp. John Mackenzie-Smith. Indexed.
    Thomas Dowse’s reports on the Moreton Bay District, the struggle for survival, the squatters’ dominance, the Kangaroo Point trading coup, resistance to southern monopoly, Aboriginal resistance, shipping movements, shipwrecks, racing and weather reports, land sales, public meetings and much, much more.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 2: THE BRISBANE COURIER IN 1888 - A SELECT SUBJECT INDEX
    1987 (40 pages), comp. John Mackenzie-Smith.
    Accidents, buildings, ethnic minorities, crime, education, fire, leisure, government, health, organisations, transport, religion, shipping, trade unions, water, women, people and places; a subject index to the microfilmed newspapers.

    BHG SOURCES NO. 1: BRISBANE BY 1888 - THE PUBLIC IMAGE
    1987 (330 pages), comp. Rod Fisher. [Out of print]
    Facsimile sections on Brisbane’s history, topography, industries, institutions and inhabitants in Queensland contexts, published 1886-89 in Garran’s Australasia Illustrated, Cassell’s picturesque Australasia, Midgleys Queensland illustrated guide, Morrison’s Aldine history of Queensland, Pugh’s Almanac and Queensland directory, Willoughby’s Australian pictures, and the Brisbane Courier.

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    SERIES 4: HISTORICAL FACSIMILES
    Maps, plans, pictures, documents, etc.

    BHG FACSIMILES NO. 5: MCKELLAR'S BRISBANE MAPS, 1895 (12 sheets)
    6 chains: 1 inch, lithograph by AR McKellar, published 1895. [Check for availability. No complete sets of the original maps are available. Most maps are now photocopies only.]
    This excellent series of cadastral maps includes shires, divisions, wards, subdivisions, housing estates, major homes, roads, railways and tramways. available as a part set or individually.

    BHG FACSIMILES NO. 4: BRISBANE'S INNER NORTHERN SUBURBS [Out of print]
    A looseleaf folio of 23 historical photographs and 16 drawings in black and white, sponsored by the Spring Hill Ward Bicentennial Committee, including the City, Fortitude Valley, Spring Hill and surrounding northern suburbs from photography and art.

    BHG FACSIMILES NO. 3: PARLIAMENT HOUSE, BRISBANE, 1888
    Engraving by WC Fitler for Australasia illustrated 1888, coloured 1987, of Queensland’s Parliament House in the mid 1880s, with detailed description.

    BHG FACSIMILES NO. 2: BRISBANE FROM SOUTH BRISBANE, 1873 [Out of print]
    Engraving by JC Armytage 1873, coloured 1987, of the view across the Southbank towards North Brisbane, showing principal buildings and features, with detailed description.

     BHG FACSIMILES NO. 1: BRISBANE - BALLOON'S EYE VIEW 1888 [Out of print]
    Black and white poster size lithograph by WA Clarson, of the city panorama from South Brisbane to Moreton Bay, showing each building and other features.

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    SERIES 5: HISTORICAL STUDIES 1992-2012
    Products of original research.

    BHG STUDIES NO. 8: THE BEST OF COLONIAL BRISBANE
    2012 (396 pages), Rod Fisher

    Packed inside this unique collection on colonial Brisbane are no fewer than 22 essays by historian Rod Fisher. Most were published as scattered articles in various formats over 25 years, 3 have never seen the light of day and all are brought up to date. While stepping through the years from 1842-1901 and sometimes further as a continuum, they are grouped under 5 main themes.

    Occupation: The Brisbane scene: A convict legacy; The Old Windmill: A haunting heritage; Early industrial enterprise: Against all odds; Photographers at Moreton Bay: Through a glass darkly; Cultivating culture: Pearls before swine? Alienation: The Aboriginal experience: Depredation to degradation; The ethnic presence: Odd ones out? Planting the New Church of Jerusalem: A struggle for existence. Separation: How Brisbane became the capital: An ugly colonial duckling; The proclamation, administration and Moriarty: Kick-starting Queensland; Flying the first Queensland flag: More than a token gesture? Boosting Brisbane’s image: The artful Richard Watt. Personation: John Stuart Beach: A brewer who went broke; Silvester Diggles: A man for all seasons? Colin Munro: A clever man who tried anything; John Arthur Manus O’Keeffe: A boom-time builder. Location: Frogs Hollow: Devoid of interest or den of iniquity? Bulimba: David McConnel’s bump of hope; South Brisbane: Early days oh-ver there; North Brisbane: That controversial cemetery; Brisbane River: Past perceptions Moreton Bay: A saga of lost dreams.

    ‘This book is brimming with the people, pursuits, places and passions of a formative era in higgledy-piggledy Brisbane’. The author

    BHG STUDIES NO. 7: SURVEYING SUCCESS: THE HUME FAMILY IN COLONIAL QUEENSLAND
    2011 (256 pages), Hilary Davies.

    Colonial Queensland was the stage on which the Hume family achieved success between 1863 and 1901. The scenes were set on the Darling Downs and in Brisbane.

    After serving in the merchant marine with the P&O Line, Walter Hume migrated to Queensland from England in 1862 to train as a surveyor. Soon he was joined by his widowed mother and four siblings; then in 1866 by his fiancée Katie Fowler. The varying fortunes of each family member reveals how the social, economic and political conditions in the colony and each individual’s personal attributes and social background determined success in the colonial context.

    Walter and Katie Hume coped with isolation from family and the deaths of five infants while working to establish their financial future, secure promotions for Walter and create a place for themselves among the colonial elite. They attained the ideal middle-class family life with Walter’s career success providing sufficient income to educate their children overseas, reside in elite homes, and engage in genteel and philanthropic pastimes.

    In 1901, following almost four decades of service in the Department of Public Lands, Walter retired to England with his family and commenced travelling widely. They visited family and friends from India to Argentina, returning once more to Queensland in 1907 where they noted many changes since federation.

    Since completing masters and doctoral theses in Queensland colonial history, Hilary Davies has worked as a heritage officer involved in local and state heritage.

    This is an exceptional exposé of the social aspiration and elitism of an upwardly mobile family in colonial Queensland.
    Dr Rod Fisher, Brisbane historian

    BHG STUDIES NO. 6: THE MAKING OF A METROPOLIS: BRISBANE 1823-1925
    2009 (256 pages), John Laverty.

    This is a history of Brisbane within its regional and national setting from the time of the exploration of the area by John Oxley in 1923 until the greater City of Brisbane was established in 1925. The first section deals with the convict establishment and the economic, social, cultural and political aspects of the development of the town of Brisbane within its regional context until it was incorporated as a municipality in 1859. The second section covers the development of the town as part of the urbanisation process which was occurring across Australia during the years 1859-1925. During this period it slowly grew until it reached metropolitan status during the 1920s. The first part outlines the economic context of Brisbane’s development; the second the social aspects of that development and the third the cultural aspects of Brisbane’s social development. The third extensive section of the book deals with the organisation of municipal government in Brisbane during the years 1859-1879. It covers the operation of municipal government in Brisbane under local government legislation which was enacted during this period; the development of the council’s structures, operating procedures, staffing arrangements, the council’s relations with the government and the chequered nature of its activities. The final section offers an account of the works and services undertaken or provided during the years 1859-1879.

    BHG STUDIES NO. 5: THE SCOTTISH PRESENCE AT MORETON BAY 1837-59: COLLECTED INSIGHTS
    2005 (206 pages), John Mackenzie-Smith.

    Twelve papers, ten of which have previously been published in the Royal Queensland Historical Society Journal, Brisbane History Group Papers and the Genealogical Society of Queensland's journal, Generation. The papers deal with Andrew Petrie, Rev John Gregor, Rev John Dunmore Lang, Evan Mackenzie, William Augustine Duncan, Scottish immigrants before separation, the foundation of Kilcoy, the Kilcoy poisonings and Mackenzie's labour force from Scotland's Black Isle.

    BHG STUDIES NO. 4: THE DUTCH HOUSES OF COOPERS PLAINS: A POSTWAR HOUSING DEBACLE AT BRISBANE.
    2004 (120 pages), Alfons Vernooy.

    Research on the history of public housing in Brisbane after the Second World War has been severely hampered, as records of the Queensland Housing Commission were severely pruned before being handed to the first State Archivist in 1959. Little hope was left that detailed information on mass house-building projects could be recovered. This study on the Dutch Houses of Coopers Plains is a surprising exception. It is based on the recently recovered personal archive in The Netherlands of Alfons Vernooy Sr, who was the Dutch assistant general manager of Concrete Developments Pty Ltd. This Australian-Dutch company built the 300 concrete houses in Coopers Plains in 1951-55. The project ended as a near debacle in those unstable economic years that brought hardship to many building companies, Australian and foreign. The study is primarily based on the Dutch archive, but placed in Australian context by additional research in Brisbane. It is a valuable contribution to the history of Brisbane, and especially of Coopers Plains, at a time when the Dutch Houses are under threat.

    BHG STUDIES NO. 3: DIGGLES DOWN UNDER: BRISBANE VIA SYDNEY FROM MERSEYSIDE 1855-80 (see website)
    2003, Rod Fisher.

    This publication features the man himself, his family and their movements on either side of the globe, the associated British, European and Indigenous persons and transplanted cultural institutions. These include schools of arts, musical and scientific bodies, schools, churches, lodges and exhibitions - as well as art, photography, science, music, education and religion in context of the Victorian age. While focusing on the exploits of a single versatile man, this is a tale of three cities and a long migration from Merseyside to Sydney and then Brisbane. Their imperial culture was planted on the colonial frontier by the time of his unfortunate death. The Manual introduces the subject, the man and the parameters plus timeline, maps, family trees, glossary and bibliography for both the Book and the CD (106 pages). The Principal CD covers Diggles' life and times in a History of 13 areas, Library of related texts and Gallery of images of people, places and products plus resources (about 750 pages and 400 images). The Supplementary CD contains full transcripts of Diggles' journal, letters and bird descriptions plus the complete sketchbook, insect drawings, bird plates and bird drawings (over 550 pages and images). The History Book of the CD reproduces the History section with selected black-and-white images, especially for readers needing a hardcopy or not accessing modern PCs (330 pages and 250 images). The Library Book of the CD presents all the texts from the Library section of the CD in 28 categories, for those wanting a hardcopy or not necessarily using the CD (254 pages). The CDs are not available in a Mac version.

    BHG STUDIES NO.2: BRISBANE HOUSE STYLES 1880 TO 1940 - A GUIDE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSE
    1998 (76 pages), by Judy Gale Rechner.

    A lavishly illustrated comprehensive guide to identify and dating house styles which were popular in the Brisbane region from 1880 to 1940. Based on detailed research of state housing records, street survey of suburban dwellings and using the year houses were actually built to establish time frames for changes in styles and features. Includes over 150 photographs of houses when first built and some original plans, illustrated glossary of technical terms and a bibliography for further reading and research.

    BHG STUDIES NO.1: BRISBANE'S FORGOTTEN FOUNDER - SIR EVAN MACKENZIE OF KILCOY 1816-1883
    1992 (260 pages), by John Mackenzie-Smith. [Out of print]

    An excellently researched analysis of one of the first Scottish settlers, his pioneering role at Brisbane, Kangaroo Point and Kilcoy during the 1840s and personal difficulties, commercial enterprises and Aboriginal poisonings.

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    [O/P] Out of Print (Available at most Brisbane public libraries and many state libraries.)

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