Value of Local History

People value local history in different sets of motivations. Unfortunately, most do not become interested in history until late in life. I say unfortunately because viewing history backwards is not the best way to understand the past. History is best understood moving forward. It is activity best suited to the young of mind.
What Does It Mean for Brisbane as a City?

What Does It Mean for Brisbane as a City?

The Kangaroo Point and Districts History Group recently raised questions on what Brisbane had become as a city since Conrad Martens' image in 1851, "Brisbane Views from Bowen Terrace Looking across Kangaroo Point." I believe that the Council and the city's residents...

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Melbourne, Brisbane Southside, and Urban Development

Melbourne, Brisbane Southside, and Urban Development

I lived in Melbourne for a decade. Coming from Brisbane, what struck me is the largeness of the diverse landscape. The foliage and species differed, as well as the contours, but diverse suburban landscapes were paralleled in Brisbane, at a different scale. You had a...

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The Forgetfulness of Heritage in Local History

The Forgetfulness of Heritage in Local History

Who wants yesterdays papers Who wants yesterdays girl Who wants yesterdays papers Nobody in the world …. Living a life of constant change Every day means the turn of a page Yesterdays papers are such bad news Same thing applies to me and you From “Yesterday’s Papers”...

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The 1918-1919 Global Pandemic in the Local History of Brisbane

The 1918-1919 Global Pandemic in the Local History of Brisbane

First, it is important to acknowledge the work of the historians in any writing of history. I am indebted to: Patrick Hodgson’s 2017 Ph.D. thesis at James Cook University, Flu, society and the state: the political, social and economic implications of the 1918-1920...

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