Talking History: June – November 2024

Talking History: June – November 2024

ASHG is excited to share its program of events for June – November.

We’re doing things a little differently in the second part of the year with a walk, events at two of our local libraries, the first Saturday afternoon Talking History events and a book launch. Watch out for more information about each event.

The Wednesday morning drop in days will continue providing a relaxed opportunity each week to talk history.

On 21 and 22 June join Pauline, Jeanette and Wendie for a Walk in the Warm Zone. Bookings are through Humanitix.

On the 10th August ASHG is excited to be back at Annerley library for a morning talk at 10.30 am. Dr Janis Hanley will discuss Ekibin’s Chinese past and explore the extent of Chinese market gardens from the late 1880s to post WW2.

On Saturday morning 28th September Lyn Burnett, John Horder and Denis Peel consider Lost Houses and the stories that they tell.

On the afternoon of 26th October Jeff Brunne will be at the Fairfield Library looking at the question Why is Fairfield so Different.

On Monday 4th November ASHG is looking forward to launching Memories of Stephens, the compilation of talks presented at the 2023 Memories of Stephens conference.

For our last event of the year ASHG is very pleased to host Dr Kevin Rains discussing Cross River Rail Archeology on Saturday 16th November at 2.00 pm.

Monthly meetings are held at 6.00 pm on the first Monday of the month unless it is a public holiday when the meeting is held on a Tuesday.

Text Box: Image Courtesy State Library of Queensland

Talking History: Walk in the Warm Zone

Talking History: Walk in the Warm Zone

Join Pauline, Jeanette and Wendie to Walk in the Warm Zone at 9.45 am on Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June. The walk begins outside 48 Villa Street.

Walk in the Warm zone is an initiative of the History of Villa Street project. For more about the Villa Street project go to

Walk in the Warm Zone celebrates the Australian author Jessica Anderson (1916-2010), who grew up at 56 Villa Street in the 1920s and early 1930s. Her parents were Charles and Alice Queale. Jessica attended Yeronga State School and Brisbane State High School.

Jessica Anderson drew on her memories of her Brisbane childhood in her books including Tirra Lirra by the River which won the Miles Franklin Award, Stories from the Warm Zone and Sydney Stories and her short memoir Starting too Late. Jessica Anderson referred to Stories from the Warm Zone and Sydney Stories as autobiographical fiction.

Walk in the Warm Zone combines local history with the richness of Jessica Anderson’s writing. At the end of the walk we hope you can join us in the ASHG History Room, Yeronga Community Centre to continue to talk history and have a cup of tea.

The walk is free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Bookings are essential. Book through Humanitix.

Talking History: The Rise and Fall of the Service Stations of Annerley with presenter Mark Baker

Talking History: The Rise and Fall of the Service Stations of Annerley with presenter Mark Baker

Ever wondered about the changing Service Stations of Annerley. Find out more on Monday 3rd June at 7.00 pm when Mark Baker will presents The Rise and Fall of Service Stations in Annerley.

Mark Baker has worked in the heritage sector since the 1970s.

The event is free. Donations are welcome.

See you there for what promises to be another fascinating insight into our local history.

The talk will be preceded by the (optional) monthly meeting at 6.00 pm.

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]

Our Publications

Our Publications

ASHG actively publishes local history books about the areas covered by the former Stephens Shire. Books are available for purchase  from the our History Room, during its opening hours,  and from Annerley Meats, 502 Ipswich Rd, open Monday to Saturday. We also offer these books for sale at ASHG events and stalls also offer these. The books are also available for perusal in our History Room, and at Annerley Junction Library. 
Note: Prices listed exclude postage.

 Women of Stephens  $25

This book celebrates the lives and stories of women from all walks of life who contributed to the rich tapestry of the south-side of Brisbane. It is a compilation of the papers delivered at the 16 October 2021 lASHG local history conference. The book is compiled edited by Pauline Peel, Kate Dyson and Denis Peel. Chapters include:

– The headwomen of the Chepara people (K. Wilshire)
– Tracing female convict lives (J. Richardson)
– Nurses of World War One (Prof. L. Shields)
– Jessica Anderson’s Yeronga (R. Blair & A. Hay)
– Calling Paula Gubar a dressmaker …. (K. Forsythe)
– The story of the Fairfield Hat Factory
(S. Monk & L. Hurse)
– The Brisbane Line (Dr J. Powell)
– Four Generations of Annerley-Stephens (G. Dove)
– Annie MacKenzie  (J. Wiley)
– Lady Cilento (S. Sheaffe AM)
– Local women: a designer, an author & a poet (K. Dyson)
– Mabel Alice Love (Kathryn Watters)


 Stephens and War $25

This book is an exploration of wartime and its legacy from a local perspective, and it is a revealing chronicle of the people, streets and parklands of Stephens Shire.The papers delivered at ASHG’s 26 October 2019 conference are collected in this book. The book is edited by Stephen Sheaffe. Contents include:

– Yeronga Park (R. Walding)
– Burnett, Qld Aboriginal soldier in the first AIF (R. Pratt)
– Military camps in Stephens (P. Dunn)
– Local History Beyond Appearance (N. Buch)
– War Service Homes (C. Black)
– Interwar housing a Four Mile Swamp ( K. Dyson)
– Annerley Drill Halls on Portion105 (M. Baker)
– Finding the first war Service Homes (D. Peel and K. Dyson)
– The military hospital at Greenslopes (C. Strakosch)



Echoes of Stories of Stephens $25

Echoes of Stories of Stephens contains 18 vibrant chapters exploring our local history . The book is based on Annerley-Stephens History Group local history conference of February 2019. The book is edited by Stephen Sheaffe. Contents include:

– Stephens Divisional board 1886-1903 (T. McKell)
– The Yerongpan of the Chepara People (K. Wiltshire)
– The Comercial Development of Annerley Junction 1866-1966 (M.Baker)
– Cotton Growing in Stephens Shire during the Americal Civil War (M. Macklin)
– Brandons Shoe repairs (M. Scully)
– Annerley Meats (M.Scully)
– The Stephens Croquet Club (V. Layne)
– Tarragindi Buses (N. Wilson)
The ‘Sunbeam’, Streetscape Heritage in Fairfield (J. Pearn).

Stories of Stephens $25

The Stories of Stephens is the collection of papers about the First Nations People of Stephens, A short history of the Shire, Yeronga, and Fairfield as well as stories of prominent names of Stephens. The papers were delivered at the Annerley-Stephens History Group 2016 local history conference. The book is edited by Stephen Sheaffe. Chapters include:

– A Short history of Stephens (S. Sheaffe)
– Aboriginal Landscape and History in Stephens Annerley (R. Kerkhove)
– Yeronga from Colony to World War
– Annerley’s Original Parkland (N.Buch)
– Junction Park School (J. Lergessner)
– Tramways of Stephens (p. Hyde & R. Thomson)
– Strong and Dunn Families (J. Collins)
– John Leary Cracknell (M. Morris)



Annals of Stephens $15

This was the very first  collections of stories about Stephens, drawn from the 17 July 1994 Annerley Conference,  organised and curated by Stephen and Glenda Scheaffe.  It represents the history of Annerley from its beginnings as farmland owned by T.S. Stephens to an important inner-city suburb of Brisbane. The book is edited by John Kerr. The contents include :

– The Stephens family (L. Stephens)
– John Soden’s Omnibuses (B. Roberts)
– Five Decades of Plicing in Stphens (B. Rough)
– Growing up in Annerley between the wars (R. Wood)
– Children of the Creek 1935-1940 (G. Jurott)



Children of Stephens $5

(Class packs available)

Children of Stephens is a delightful booklet written and researched by Jarrah Pearce.  Jarrah recorded several oral histories to compile a collection of activities for primary school children.  Lots of fun, and the booklet brings many insights into Stephens past. Contents include:

– Map of Stephens
– Generations
– Before the Second World War – Game: Hopscotch
– During the War – Game: Beam
– Post-War era – Game: Fly




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What was Stephens Shire?

What was Stephens Shire?

The Annerley-Stephens History Group tells the stories of people who have lived or currently live in this part of Brisbane.

Suburbs have come and gone since Stephens Shire was established.

The South East freeway in the 1970s was a big disruptor to suburbs in Stephens, splitting former suburbs of Ekibin, the Thompson Estate and Wellers Hill.

Awareness of historical names and current names for areas is useful for research. Below is a list by postcode, of areas falling fully or partly within Stephens:

Thompson Estate

Yeronga West

Clifton Hill


Wellers Hill
Holland Park
Holland Park West