Welcome to Annerley-Stephens History Group Inc.

Our area covers that of the former Stephens Shire Council (1886-1925), an independent council which was incorporated into Brisbane City Council in 1925. The current suburbs include Yeerongpilly, Tennyson, Yeronga, Fairfield, Annerley, Tarragindi, Holland Park West, and those parts of Moorooka, Greenslopes and Mt Gravatt west of Logan Road.

Our most recent event

The Women of Stephens Local History Conference 2021

Saturday 16 October 2021

Mary Mac Community Centre 616 Ipswich Road, Annerley

Women have long been underrepresented in the recording of history globally and locally. This conference will feature stories of women from all walks of life and background who lived and worked in the Stephens area of the Southside of Brisbane. You will hear about our First Nations women, convict women, women who lived through world wars, women who have written about the area, women who have broken new territory in their chosen professions and generations of women who have lived, worked, and raised children in the area.

Speakers and topics include (in alphabetic order of speaker’s first name)…

Georgina Dove: Women of 4 generations in the community – Canning, Dove, Hawke, Perrins families
Jan Richardson: From Kangaroo Point to Ipswich: Tracing female convict lives
Jeanette Wiley: Annie Anderson MacKenzie from along the Boggo Track
Judy Powell: The Brisbane Line – a fictional walk through war time Brisbane
Kate Dyson: Lightning talks – short pop-up talks
Katharine Wiltshire: “The headwomen of the Chépara Peo ple” (Working Title)
Kathryn Watters: Mabel Alice Love
Kerry Forsythe: Calling Paula Gubar a dressmaker is like call ing a Ferrari just a mode of transport
Kristina Olsson: Walking in two worlds, two Women of the Southside.
Professor Linda Shields: The Nurses of WW1 – “Why have we Forgotten Them?”
Liza Neil: Two maiden Neil Aunts of Annerley and their multi-generational legacies.
Dr Michael Macklin: Gwyneth Richardson: First Woman Pharmacist in the Australian Defence Force
Natasha Heap: One of the forgotten – Ivy May Hassard
Rose Broe: “We Just Called Her “Toodie”: Dr Muriel Rose (nee Broe) Pawlik
Dr Ruth Blair and Dr Ashley Hay: Jessica Anderson’s Yeronga: the importance of reading and imagining place
Stephen Sheaffe AM: Lady Cilento
Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse: ‘Keep It Under Your Hat’ – a little known story of the Fairfield Hat Factory.
Tracey Olivieri: Marjorie Grimes

Proudly sponsored by Our Lady’s College Annerley and supported by the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Fund.

For more information download our flyer.

Our next publication, featuring papers presented at this conference, is now being prepared.

Our Publications

Stephens and War

The papers delivered at the Stephens and War conference held on 26 October 2019 and related work have been collected in this book, which is a journey of exploration through wartime and its legacy from a local perspective. It is a revealing chronicle of the people, families, streets and parklands of Stephens Shire.

Stories of Stephens

The Stories of Stephens is the collection of papers delivered at the Annerley-Stephens History Group 2016 local history conference, and related material.

Echoes of Stories of Stephens

Echoes of Stories of Stephens compiled by Stephen W Sheaffe AM contains 18 more vibrant chapters exploring our local history from the Annerley-Stephens History Group local history conference of February 2019.

Annals of Annerley

This publication is the proceedings of The Annerley Conference, 17 July 1994 edited by John Douglas Kerr.  The papers represent the history of Annerley from its beginnings as farmland owned by T.S. Stephens to an important inner-city suburb of Brisbane.

All of our publications cost $25 except for Annals of Annerley, which is $15. They can be purchased from our friend and keen local historian Paul the Butcher at Annerley Meats, 502 Ipswich Rd, Annerley.

If you would like the books posted out to you, or want to ask any questions about ASHG activities, please use the contact form below.


PO Box 484, Annerley QLD 4103

Email: [email protected]

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