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War Story of Top Notch Survivor

The year 2020 was one we all hoped to forget – we all looked forward to a return to normality, but 2021 is now shaping up as a year of possibly even more  uncertainty and instability. Nevertheless, RSL members in the Western Suburbs are ever- optimistic and are resuming their activities. There are no surviving Veterans from the Great War,... Read More

by katie , 4 weeks ago

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Opening Hours Extended for the Samford Museum

The Samford Museum is delighted to announce that they will be will open to visitors on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am – 4pm. 2020 has been a busy year  for the museum with maintenance work, accessioning and recording of donated items continuing, despite the COVID-19 challenges. Research enquiries have also been handled by email throughout last year when possible. During... Read More

by katie , 4 weeks ago

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War Chronicles from Our Veterans – Edition One

Lest We Forget!   These simple words are spoken at ANZAC Day Commemorations every year. But how do we ensure that as a nation, we don’t forget the sacrifices of these ordinary men and women whose actions and experiences were extraordinary?  This Story Australia is a charity dedicated to capturing and preserving the significant moments of Australia’s history as told... Read More

by katie , 4 months ago

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A place for reflection

Remembrance Day is a day to give thanks to, and reflect on, the service given to our country by service personnel in which ever conflict they have been called.    The Samford Museum has numerous research materials and large displays featuring local service men and women.  For a quiet time of reflection, visit Samford’s Avenue of Honour in its idyllic... Read More

by katie , 4 months ago

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A Tremendous History of the Tramway

‘The Brisbane Tramway Museum Society (BTMS) invites any person who is interested in the preservation of Brisbane’s historic trams to attend the first public meeting of the Society. The meeting will be held at the Druids Hall in Little Roma Street on the evening of 5th July 1968 at 7.30 pm.’ Made in a circular that was distributed by the... Read More

by katie , 4 months ago

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Who killed Betty Shanks?

On Friday evening, 19 September 1952, 22 year old student Betty Shanks left the tram at the Grange terminus.  She had earlier completed her college night classes in the city. She started the short walk home to her residence in Montpelier Street. Within minutes she was savagely attacked and bludgeoned to death. Her body was found at approximately 5.30am in... Read More

by katie , 6 months ago

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Memorbilla restoration reveals an intriguing history

Yes, we are open again! As from the 5th July, we are open every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm to take passengers. Naturally, COVID Safety Procedures will be strictly enforced. Fares are: Adults- $15, Children—$8, Concession—$12 and a Family Pass—$45. We don’t only restore trams at the museum, we also restore tramway memorabilia. This story was written by member Warwick... Read More

by Editorial Team , 8 months ago

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Remember Saturday night at the movies?

Nowadays, most of us in the community view new movie releases at large ‘concrete and steel’ multiplexes, or by downloading via the internet or the variety of streaming services on offer. But there was a time when small suburban cinemas and larger drive-in theatres were dotted throughout Brisbane’s suburbs – becoming THE place to be to enjoy a great flick.... Read More

by Editorial Team , 8 months ago

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Day Trips – Past and Present

On the May Day holiday in 1947, the staff of the Customs Department eagerly awaited their picnic at Closeburn.  Tragically, it turned to disaster before the train reached its destination. This accident is remembered as the ‘Camp Mountain Rail Crash’. Commemorations were organised on the 50th and 70th anniversaries by Samford organisations.  Samford Museum holds information about the crash and... Read More

by Editorial Team , 9 months ago

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The family behind Patricks Road

Frederick Patrick (16yrs) arrived from London via the Golden City ship on the 5th February 1866 . He worked as a Blacksmith in Roma Street, Brisbane before traveling to Western Queensland to do some shepherding for a few years. He then returned to Brisbane and his first land purchase of 185 acres were portions 52 and 61 in the Parish... Read More

by Editorial Team , 10 months ago

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