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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 , 1 year 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 , 1 year 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 , 1 year 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 , 1 year 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 , 1 year ago

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Boardgame Nostalgia

With current COVID-19 restrictions in place, and the community needing to stay indoors much of the time, who else out there is reaching for a good old-fashioned  boardgame? It is a great  opportunity to bond with the family and in the process bring back some lovely memories of years gone by! There’s a few well known staples we all know... Read More

by Editorial Team , 1 year ago

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Nulty Way Stairs – How they got their name

At the request of the local progress association in August 1985, a pathway was constructed between Cobbity Crescent and Plucks Road – it was named “Nulty Way’ by the Progress Association. The association also donated the funds to have the stencilled wooden name posts placed at the entrances to the pathway. The pathway was named after Tom Nulty, a well... Read More

by Editorial Team , 1 year ago

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ANZAC Spirit- Upholding the Legacy

I wonder – if there were any ANZACs alive today – what they would make of the current Pandemic the world is facing? I imagine our ANZACs would be able to relate to being thrust into a situation that is out of our control.  I imagine they’d also respect the orders for social isolation, if that is what it takes... Read More

by Editorial Team , 2 years ago

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