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.

We are passionate about engaging our community in our shared history

  • Go to Our events to see what events we have held recently including local history conferences and talks at Brisbane City Council libraries.
  • Go to Our projects to learn about what research activities we are conducting to document the history of people and places in our local area, and to download some of our resources.
  • Go to Local Heritage Places to learn more about the important heritage houses and buildings in our area.

How we engage with our community

ASHG actively reaches out to the community to keep building knowledge on our shared history.

About every two years, we organise and host a local history conference to highlight the research of those people connected to our local area. Details of past conferences are shown under ‘Our events’. Notices of upcoming conferences will be provided here.

We regularly give community talks on local history, often in the Annerley, Fairfield and Holland Park Libraries. Details on past talks are shown under ‘Our events’. Information on upcoming talks can be obtained by subscribing to our email newsletters or by following our Facebook page at Annerley-Stephens History Group Inc | Facebook

A big reason we reach out to the community is to meet other people who would love to share or document their local histories to add to those resources we have already compiled.

Please use the Contact section below to be added to our email newsletters or to make your interests known to us.

Memories of Stephens

Our next local history conference.

The conference will be held on Saturday, 21 October 2023, at Our Lady’s College, 15 Chester Road, Annerley.

Talks will be given on the history of the old Stephens Shire area, including local railway and tram history, the Stephens Scout Group, Chinese in Stephens, the cemetery, Tennyson, Yeronga Aboriginal history, the Congregational church, the Wilderness and Tarragindi, the eminent Dr Winterbottom and WWII war heroes.

Twelve distinguished speakers have been engaged to present papers.

Registration begins at 8.30am and the conference commences at 9am. Attendance costs $40 per person and this price includes morning tea and lunch which will be professional catered.

It will be a great day and all lovers of local history are welcome to attend, but please register soon to avoid disappoinment as places are limited.

If you would like to attend please download the registration form as a PDF or Word document, follow the instructions and email your registration to either [email protected] or [email protected]

Our Publications

Women of Stephens

This book is a compilation of the papers delivered at the 16 October 2021 local history conference. It celebrates the lives and stories of women from all walks of life who contributed to the rich tapestry of the southside of Brisbane.

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.

Stephens and War

The papers delivered at the 26 October 2019 conference are collected in this book. An exploration of wartime and its legacy from a local perspective, it is a revealing chronicle of the people, streets and parklands of Stephens Shire.

Annals of Annerley

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

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.

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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