XII Commonwealth Games 30th Anniversary Commemoration
Special guests were the family of Paul Carter who had been in charge of putting together staff and volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the Games. Dr Jonathan Richard from the Brookfield History Group ‘set the scene’ speaking about the politics and culture surrounding the organising of the Commonwealth Games. Dr Neville Buch, Chairperson, SDHG and Beryl Roberts, President, CPLHG spoke about the importance of the Games to the local community. Barbara Scott, Secretary, SDHG led a session to share memories of the Games. Her own memories were those of being a volunteer at the Games Village at Griffith University, Nathan and produced the evidence with a mannequin dressed in her uniform which had been stored for 30 years in a top cupboard. Daily newspapers from the village were on display with other photo albums and memorabilia from the time.
Kyabra Community Gardens Springfest Display
Kyabra Community Gardens held a Springfest at the Association’s premises on 27 October. SDHG were invited to set up a booth which enabled the Group to spread the news of our existence and also to network with folk who could provide us with information. Interesting sessions about worm farming and mulching by Jerry Coleby-Williams of the ABC’s Gardening Australia program were enjoyed by all present. Geckoes Wildlife presentation was great with small lizards to large snakes being produced from boxes and bags.
Meteorological Memories Day
The meeting also shared memories, stories and images of the Brisbane Tornado 40 years ago almost to the day (4 November) and other recent weather events. Several keen rainfall observers brought their records along and these will be used in a separate locally driven study of rainfall patterns in the Sunnybank and surrounding districts.
Sunnybank Railway History
BSES Pathology Farm
If you, or anyone you know, worked on the Farm or has a story, interesting experience or material/photos relating to the Farm, please contact the Sunnybank District History Group.
Brisbane's Green Belt
The concept of “Green Belt” zoning was adopted by the Brisbane City Council in 1944 as part of its town planning scheme to manage urban sprawl and plan development in the growing city. The specific impact of the Green Belt and other planning proposals on the historical development in the Sunnybank and Coopers Plains Districts has not been researched or documented. This project aims to explore the origins and concepts of the city Green Belt zoning concept, in particular that used for Brisbane in the 1940s and later town planning schemes. It also aims to research and document the impact of Brisbane’s Green Belt proposal(s) on the subsequent historical development of the Sunnybank and Coopers Plains Districts.
How you can help
If you have had, or know of anyone who has had, any experience with Green Belt planning and its effect on local development, the Sunnybank and Coopers Plains Districts History Groups would like to record your story. Please contact either Group.