Here is just a glimpse of what you can expect if you decide to become involved in the Chermside and District History Society. Activities include bus trips, book launches, restoration, signage for parks and places and exhibitions.
Annual day long bus trips are organised to places of historical interest around and beyond the Brisbane area. In future we are planning to run half day trips to places within the Brisbane area. Some of our bus trips have included: 2002 Crow’s Nest Historic Village and a ride in a 1909 Belize, 2005 Jondaryan Woolshed and Westbrook Homestead, 2006 Fassifern Valley and the Scenic Rim, 2007 Bus Trip to Caboomba Homestead, 2008 Carnival of Flowers, Toowoomba and 2009 Gympie Rattler Train Ride.
Book launches are held in the well appointed meeting rooms of the Chermside Library. Not only do they provide a place to sell books but also an opportunity for reunions of people connected with the books. Some of them have not seen one another in years and people travel long distances for these events. The authors are on hand to sign the books while coffee and tea are provided.
Our Logo is the sketch of the World War I memorial gates to Marchant Park, Chermside/Aspley. Some of the marble plaques were destroyed by vandals in 1972 and almost one hundred names were lost. With the aid of a grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Qld Government, the Society restored the missing names. The research to find the names, mainly on the internet, took many months to complete.
The Rededication took place on Saturday 30th August 2003 and a report can be found in the newsletter V.6 No. 5 Oct-Nov 2003.
Signage for parks and places
One of the best ways of publishing the history of an area is to erect signs which name places and explain the story behind the name. Over the last 10 years the Society did the research to provide the data for the Brisbane City Council to make and erect twelve signs around the Chermside District.
The Society regularly holds exhibitions of our archival material especially photos. We do not show original photos but scan them on photographic paper and laminate them using our own equipment. Appropriate textual commentaries are similarly processed. Each of the exhibitions are then catalogued and stored in ring binders and filed for future use.