Chapel Hill VIEW Club Melbourne Cup prize winners: Liz Thomas-Ellis (best outfit), Laurie Slaughter (best novelty hat) and Liz Lange (best hat).
Chapel Hill VIEW Club Melbourne Cup prize winners: Liz Thomas-Ellis (best outfit), Laurie Slaughter (best novelty hat) and Liz Lange (best hat).

Group guide: Brisbane

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc

IN DECEMBER we will cap off a successful silver anniversary year by unveiling a commemorative plaque in our research library in Enoggera Memorial Hall. We then go into recess for a month before our 26th year opens on Thursday, January 16. For those keen to visit our library, we will be open every Thursday between 9am and 1.30pm. Contact us any time during our recess period by phoning the number below. Enoggera Memorial Hall is at the corner of Wardell and Trundle streets, Enoggera; entry is via Trundle Street. Limited parking is available, accessed from either Pratt Street or Glenalva Terrace. Council bus routes 350, 361, 390, 598 and 599 stop near the hall, and Enoggera Station on the Ferny Grove line is within a short walk. Looking for a suitable Christmas gift? Our range of local history books is available at the hall. Contact can be made through our website, Facebook pages, by phoning Dave on (07) 3366 3191 or by emailing

65th Anniversary School Reunion

PAST students from Domestic Science High School recently celebrated their 65th reunion. The reunion was a success, with 75 ladies attending and all over the age of 70 as the school closed in 1962 when many suburban secondary schools were opened. For information about the next reunion, contact Lorraine via email at L4n44m@bigpond .com.

Brisbane North West branch of the National Servicemen's Association of Australia (QLD) Inc

Branch members were at Coles and Woolworths at Everton Park in early November selling poppies and badges prior to Remembrance Day. Collectors will find plenty of new releases available. Our final meeting for 2019 was held on Sunday, November 17. Meetings will resuming resume on January 19, 2020, and meetings will be held throughout the year at Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of each month, starting at 10.15am. Visitors and new members are welcome. Further inquiries with Dave Livett on (07) 3366 3191 or email

VIEW Clubs


OUR final meeting for the year is on Wednesday, December 4, at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. Doors open at 10.30am for an 11am start to our meeting. Cost is $30 for the two-course lunch, with tea and coffee included. We will be having our bumper Christmas raffle and our usual lucky door prizes, all proceeds of which go towards supporting our Learning for Life students. The theme for the Christmas meeting this year is A Beach Party. Come dressed in your casual beach outfits and be ready to enjoy the fun we have planned. We do not have a meeting in January, as our year begins with our February meeting, and we have lots of activities already planned. So, have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing everyone in the new year. We welcome new members and guests. Phone Carol on (07) 3355 5349 to book by noon on December 2.

Chapel Hill

CHRISTMAS is very close and no doubt your calendars are filling up. Do join us for an enjoyable two-course Xmas-themed lunch on December 3. Cost $32 per head. Buy lovely gifts from our Special Xmas Trading Table. Enjoy carol-singing with our CHVC Singers. From February, plan a date with us to learn about VIEW Clubs' important and successful role supporting the education needs of disadvantaged Australian children. Please note that our club caters for many interests. We enjoy informative guest speakers, fun and educational group excursions, monthly meetings of Bridge and Mahjong groups and host an active daytime choir. Lunchtime meetings are 10.45am for 11.30am start on the first Tuesday of each month at Mt Ommaney Hotel and Apartments, Dandenong Road (off Centenary Highway), Mt Ommaney. Visitors are always made welcome. Phone Denise on 0409 261 488 if you would like to attend, or email

Pine Rivers

IF YOU want to have fun, make new friends and support an Australian charity at the same time, come and join Pine Rivers VIEW club. We would love to welcome you. The club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Murrumba Downs Tavern. Our first meeting of the New Year will be on January 15 at 10.30am for an start. The guest speaker will be Ian Harding from the Redcliffe Historical Society. If you wish to go, we have an outing on the first Wednesday of every month. Past outings have included a Brisbane River cruise, visiting a butterfly farm, celebrating Australia Day, having pizza and trivia in a local park, soup and crusty bread lunches and even a high tea. On the fourth Wednesday of every month you can also join up with other members for a Coffee and Chat morning at a local venue. At each of our functions we raise funds for The Smith Family. Our club proudly supports three disadvantaged Australian children with their education and we are regularly updated with their news and achievements. We are always open to new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it's all about. Phone Elizabeth on (07) 3886 4937 or Sandra on 0448 862 518.


CENTENARY Evening VIEW Club holds a dinner meeting at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres, Middle Park, on the second Monday of the month from February to December. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women and was founded by The Smith Family in 1960 as a service to women and the community.VIEW offers women the opportunity to meet with other women from all walks of life, to share a meal and listen to guest speakers who can educate and entertain, to form friendships and at the same time to support disadvantaged Australian children through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. As well as monthly dinner meetings, Centenary Evening VIEW Club ladies enjoy coffee mornings, visits to the theatre, various social gatherings and fundraising activities. If you would like to attend a meeting or require more information, please email or phone 0408 725 542. You are invited to find out more about our club by checking out our Facebook page and/or by consulting the web page for the national organisation of VIEW. You will find us under Find a Club.

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club

OUR meeting on December 5 will not take the usual form. It is an end-of-year function for this garden club members and invited guests only. The club will then go into recess for the holiday season. The first 2020 meeting will be February 6. This club meets on the first Thursday of the month, (except January) at the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Trundle Street. Meetings start after morning tea, which is served at 9.45am. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair. There are vacancies for new members, and visitors are most welcome. For more information, phone Pat, the president, on (07) 3356 1256.

Brisbane Seniors Online North Central volunteer mentors group recently held their end-of-year social at the Banyo Library.
Brisbane Seniors Online North Central volunteer mentors group recently held their end-of-year social at the Banyo Library.

Brisbane Seniors Online

WE ARE a not-for-profit organisation which helps seniors and over 50s become confident and tech savvy on computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets using volunteer mentors (tutors). New learners and mentors are always welcome. The service is offered normally in the learner's own home on their own device. An affordable annual membership fee is payable by learners who, as a guide, receive about 12 one-hour home lessons and then ongoing support for the rest of the year. Learners are taught the basics or just on topics that they require assistance with. Go to or (07) 3393 2225 (Tuesday-Friday 10am-3pm) or leave a message.

Queensland Family History Society

CHRISTMAS is a time for families, a time to remember family near and far, and past loved ones. Queensland Family History Society QFHS can help you to connect with those family members who lived many years ago, no matter what country they came from. We have a beginners' course starting in February. Won't you join us on this adventure? Or perhaps give the course as a gift to a family member? Finding your family: a beginners' course in research - presenter/s: QFHS tutors. This six-week course will be very comprehensive for someone wanting to start researching their family history, but unsure of the process. Content will include home sources, organisation, BDM certificates, archives, libraries, newspapers, overseas research, and more. Registrations will be limited to 15 people. When: starting on Monday, February 10, 2020, weekly - 7.30-9pm at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre, 58 Bellevue Ave, Gaythorne. Cost: $55 members and $80 non-members. For more information and to register online, go to

Redcoats to Camouflage Exhibition

UNIFORMS and equipment of Army personnel in Queensland from 1824 to the current day feature in the exhibition at Victoria Barracks, Brisbane. Home to Army Museum South Queensland, the historic precinct on Petrie Terrace (near Caxton Street) provides a unique glimpse of Australia's military history from the colonial era, through two world ars, to the present-day role of the Australian Defence Force in current operations. A recent addition is a special display relating to the Australian Light Horse during World War I, together with Australia's involvement in the Vietnam Conflict. The museum will be closed from December 5 to March 4. All bookings must be by prior arrangement. Public tours of Victoria Barracks are on Wednesdays only. Cost is $15 a person and includes viewing the exhibition, an escorted tour of the barracks, Devonshire Tea, a souvenir booklet and digital photo. Info: armymuseumsouthqueens, email info@armymuseumsouth, or phone 0429 954 663.

Some of the Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club members at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Some of the Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club members at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club

OUR November trip was to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club meets on the third Friday of the month at The Lion, Pine Road, Richlands, at 10.30am. Date claimers for the next two meetings are January 17 and February 21. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all Seniors readers a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2020. For more information on the club and its activities, phone Leonie, president, on 0427 846 057 or Les, activities officer, on 0466 377 618 to register your interest; email New members are always welcome.

Probus clubs

Kenmore Village

OF LATE guest talks have been: UQ's "Healthy Living", "Australian Pearling Industry", "Urban Beekeeping","Early Visionary Engineers", to "City in Masks - 1919 Flu Epidemic". Theatre performances and gallery educational visits abound with lunches and park BYO picnics in rotation throughout our area. We bussed for "Springtime Gardens" on Mt Tamborine and then car-pooled to the Buddhist Chung Tian Temple, Priestdale. We learnt of the humanistic teachings at this refuge, including an explanation and tasting with a tea ceremony and delicious lunch. December is our Christmas luncheon. Meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at Kenmore Library, phone Barbara Cobbold on (07) 3378 5225 or email


COME and join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 10am at Geebung RSL Club. We welcome active retired and semi-retired singles or couples as new members who are interested in fun, friendship and fellowship. Monthly meetings with a guest speaker, local day tours, picnics and theatre outings are part of the club's activities. Bus and rail transport are virtually at the door and there are adequate car parking facilities. For further information contact club secretary Catherine Finlay via email at or via phone on 0401 949 646, or Peter Bartlem on (07) 3350 1605.



The club meets at the Croll Memorial Precinct, 2 Clewley St, Corinda (opposite Sherwood Services Club), on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting then a friendly chat over morning tea, followed by a guest speaker covering a wide and interesting range of topics. Members also get together for regular outings, a garden group, a walking group, theatre visits, a book swap and other activities. We welcome retired men and women from Chelmer to Oxley and all surrounding suburbs who wish to join in the fun, friendship and fellowship of Probus and meet for club meetings and outings with other active, like-minded retirees. Phone Kathy on 0408 735 823 for details.

Seniors' savings pop-ups

SENIORS will be able to apply for a Seniors Card and link with Queensland Government services and supports at pop-up stalls at Logan Central Plaza Shopping Centre in December from 10am-3pm, and at Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre on December 12 from 10am-3pm. You can find out about eligibility and apply for concessions and rebates to help ease cost-of-living pressures. Concessions are available on a range of government services and utilities including electricity and local council rates, public transport and vehicle registration fees.

Sunnybank National Seniors

THE branch's last bus tour was a visit to Bankfoot House and Australian Teamsters Hall of Fame at Glasshouse Mountains, where we were given an insight into family life and transport in the late 19th century. On December 9 our annual Christmas lunch will be held at the Newnham Hotel with entertainment commencing at 11am. The committee wishes all members and friends a happy and safe Christmas, and advises that the first meeting for 2020 will be on Tuesday, January 28 due to the Australia Day public holiday on the 27th. For future information on tours and branch meetings, phone Bev on (07) 3341 4170 or Di on (07) 3349 3462.

Kenmore and District Historical Society

A NEW version of Focus on Pullenvale, which was originally compiled by 81-year-old Libby Wager in 1988, has been released with additional text and some new or upgraded illustrations.

This book has been developed and printed as an initiative of the Kenmore and District Historical Society Inc, whose area of interest covers Kenmore, Kenmore Hills, Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket and Pullenvale. Libby Wager is a sixth-generation Queenslander. From her own experience and that of her forebears and their neighbours, she has over many years compiled a huge resource of information and sourced historical images connected with the various western suburbs of Brisbane.

The Wager's Ageless Series reference frequently quoted in this book refers to her 1350-page alphabetical index of historical information and images compiled over many years of research.

This edition of Focus on Pullenvale is primarily based on Libby's 1988 Bicentenary booklet of the same name, now sold out by popular demand.

This extended version includes additional material sourced by the Kenmore and District Historical Society, as well as original photographs and information collected by the Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre. It is reproduced in 2019 to remind some, and enlighten others, about our priceless heritage. Info:

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