2023 – that’s a wrap!

2023 – that’s a wrap!

A big thanks to everybody who has contributed in 2023 – the committee and members, guest speakers, BCC libraries, our local representatives.

Our achievements

Celebrating 10 years of ASHG May 2013 – May 2023

  • A pivotal event was the Celebration of ASHG’s 10th birthday – so much achieved in 10 years including:
    • Corley house photo project.
    • 4 conferences and associated
    • Hefferan and Fanny Street Parks historical signage, the John Oxley history award in 2017,
    • Several Streets of Stephens researched, presented and published on the website,
    • 4 historical walks including the South Brisbane Cemetery, Fairfield, Clifton Hill and Annerley Junction,
    • The Children of Stephens Internship and ebook.
    • Successful negotiation for our History Room, ASHG’s first home at the Yeronga Community Centre.

Here’s what we did in 2023


  • Full house for ASHG’s 5th conference Memories of Stephens.
  • Three sold out local history library talks at Annerley, Fairfield and Holland Park libraries – thanks Fiona Petty, Michael Macklin and Stephanie Ryan for fascinating history talks about Lothian Street, Annerley, Yeronga and the Qld State library’s collection of digitised real estate maps. Thanks also to BCC libraries and staff.
  • Completion of the history of Robinson Park, Fairfield – see here
Signage Projects
  • Fanny Street
  • Lothian Street
Community Event Participation
History Room – Our New Home
  • Preparation for our first home in the new Yeronga Community Centre. Here’s a sneak peak
Usual Business
  • 10 general meetings – first Monday of the month – February-November.
  • All that administration that makes the organisation tick – the website, social media, the meetings, the finance, the secretarial work. And… a successful application to the Brisbane City Council for a grant to enable the purchase of furniture and equipment for the ASHG local history room.

2024 – what’s next

  • We move into the ASHG local history room in Yeronga Community Centre.
  • Watch this space for news of the 2024 program.
  • A recent survey of members and non members told us that people’s main interests are history talks a heritage walks; participating in history projects, informative websites and online publications;
  • The full survey results will be published in the future but in meantime it is helping inform an exciting 2024 program.

Sneak preview of our new History Room

Sneak preview of our new History Room

A walk through our new history room

Last week Jeff, Anitra and I visited our new history room in Villa Street Yeronga. Not many sleeps now until we are in! Here are images of some of the room’s features:

The whole building is bright and airy – a feel good place. Check out the spaces …

Downstairs are customer and locked car-parking areas – and our storage room.

The centre also features a large meeting area that seats around 100, and a roomy balcony space.

Really looking forward to ASHG’s move to our history room. Hope to see you there soon!

Fairfield Station signage

Fairfield Station signage

Local railway stations in Fairfield, Yeronga and Yeerongpilly are being upgraded and made accessible as part of the Cross River Rail project. ASHG is working with Cross River rail to provide historical signage for each of the stations. Research for the Fairfield Train Station has been finalised although the signage is yet to be installed. In the meantime Cross River rail have presented ASHG with 3 posters for the new local history room in the Yeronga Community Centre. The posters reflect each area of the research undertaken for the signage: Indigenous history; Rail (Fairfield) History and Urban Change. Denis Peel, Secretary of ASHG, holding the poster about the rail history of Fairfield in the above photo. Denis and President Jeff Brunne undertook the research.