Villa Street Reveal

Villa Street Reveal

The ‘sneaky peak’ at Villa Street Monday night was quite a reveal. The video below gives a sense of the evening.

A snapshot of the ‘Sneaky Peak at Villa Street’ evening by J.Hanley

So much work has been done by the Villa Street team: Jeanette, Timna, Pauline, Wendie, Kate, Denis.

The Villa Street Team: Jeanette Wiley, Timna, Wendy Hirsch, Pauline Peel, Kate Dyson, Denis Peel.

The evening was well attended, and included former and current locals from Villa Street who have contributed to the project.

It was excellent to have some of them gather for a photo after the talk – to record a moment in time for Villa Street.

Villa Street locals who attended – and their street number connections, some past, some present.

View the Villa Street PowerPoint for slides and transcript of the evening’s presentation put together by the team clicking ‘Download’ button below.

The project also shows the huge advantage that having a history room has been to ASHG – a place for people to drop by and share memories, stories, photos and things.

A number of Villa Street artefacts were on display

The project is entering its final stage of research gathering. If you have information or photos about Villa Street, past or present, let us know. You can drop by any Wednesday between 9.00 am -12.00 pm. Or drop us a line on our email: [email protected].

We are very happy to make a time to meet with you.

We’ll be ruling a line on this research stage of the project by end June 2024.

Talking History – Dickebusch St, the street with no front doors

Talking History – Dickebusch St, the street with no front doors

On Tuesday evening, our April Talking History was on Dickebusch Street, Clifton Hill Moorooka.

An entire street without front doors? How can that be?

There are ten houses on Dickiebusch Street, and all are accessed from other streets: no actual houses with street addresses on Dickebusch St (Flemish for thick bush).

Kate Dyson, ASHG Vice president, took us through the brief history of the land on which Clifton Hill War Services Homes Estate in Moorooka was built. 

She looked at the naming of some of the streets and their connection to European First World War sites, with a focus on Dickebusch St, the street that connects Longueval St, Waterlot St and Delville Avenue. 

It was then on to a brief look at the lives and stories of some of the residents: owners and tenants who lived out what might have been ordinary lives but had experienced extraordinary times. 

Speaking to Kate afterwards, she expressed how finding these exceptional stories of people living in ordinary suburban streets is what makes researching local history is so important. History lurks in the seemingly every-day.

Forty-four attended Kate’s talk on Tuesday evening. If you were unable to make it and are interested in hearing more or sharing information, email us – [email protected]