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The Third Meeting of the Sunnybank District History Group (SDHG) is on Saturday 2 April, from 1 pm to 3 pm, at the large meeting room in the Sunnybank Hills Library (Level 2, Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town).
** Beitscke will be speaking on the Stories of Calamvale **
Our vision is connecting local residents to the best descriptions and explanations of the past
The program for the first half of 2016 will evolve around members’ own history projects. Our remaining program for the first half of the year is as follows:
2nd April – Beitscke’s presentation on the Stories of Calamvale;
7th May – Celine will discuss the work of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church History Project;
4th June – Neville will demonstrate the historical mapping of Sunnybank District on the Mapping Brisbane History Website;
2nd July – a consideration of history of the Early Ethnic Chinese Community in the Sunnybank District, details to be advised.
Report from the March 2016 Meeting of the Sunnybank District History Group
Janeth spoke on the history of the Kuraby Mosque/Masjid. Originally founded in the early 1990s by the southern African community of that area, the mosque adapted a former Uniting church to suit the requirements of Muslim worship. The original mosque building was burnt down in an arson attack on September 21, 2001, just ten days after the terrorist attacks on New York City; thereby Kuraby became the first mosque anywhere in the world to be damaged or destroyed as a direct response to the attacks of September 11. The new (current) building was the outcome of a collaborative process between members of the Kuraby Islamic Trust and a Yugoslavian Muslim architect. The architectural aesthetic of the mosque is modelled on the prevalent suburban vernacular of South-East Queensland, with its sheltered verandah space, corrugated iron roof, and blockwork construction. It combines international features with indigenous elements of design. The Kuraby Mosque/Masjid community is an example of Australian Muslims living their mainstream faith and religion, as members of the wider civil society, and as productive and compassionate citizens of Australia.