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Shire/Town of Windsor – Historical Estate Maps

The society has a collection of copies of over 100 historical estate maps of the area. Was your house built on one of these estates? If not sure, please contact us with your address. Prints can be ordered from the society and make a great addition to any home decor. A3 on high quality paper

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Sketches of local historical places

Renowned painter and sketcher,, Tony Walker has begun sketching local prominent buildings, shops and streetscapes in the area that was once the Town of Windsor. He is offering prints of these originals for sale. A valuable addition to any home and a great way to generate some discussion with visitors. Four are displayed here, Windsor

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Windsor School of Arts Building

Ideas to establish a School of Arts existed by local residents even before the Windsor Shire was created in 1887. In 1910 after the shire became the Town of Windsor, plans were finally drawn up to build a School of Arts. Mr Plastow was awarded the contract and the building was constructed at a cost

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Rosemount House Windsor

Rosemount House is important in demonstrating the evolution of Queensland – and Windsor’s- history. The original stone cottage was first built in 1855 by Daniel Rowntree Somerset, the Chief Customs Officer and Shipping Master for the port of Brisbane. Rosemount House was then sold in 1880 to James Hamilton who subdivided the land into 90

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Windsor War Memorial

Windsor War Memorial Park is a heritage-listed park with war memorial at 311 Lutwyche Road, Windsor, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was built in 1925 and added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992. The Windsor War Memorial was erected on behalf of the citizens of the Town of Windsor to commemorate

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Windsor State School – The Constitution Rd corner

This land was part of the playing fields of the Windsor State School (opened 1916) and was used for Aussie Rules football and cricket. During World War Two, the Allied Works Council requisitioned this portion, and a U.S. Navy Submarine Supply Depot was built (1943). US submarines were based at Capricorn Wharf New Farm.  Barracks, mess

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Windsor State School

Windsor State School has an outstanding reputation as a school with a strong sense of community spirit and support. This reputation began in 1865 when local residents of the area lobbied the government for a school for their children. Through their joint efforts of lobbying, donating, and helping, Windsor’s history began with the opening of

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How 226-million-year-old tuff rock formed the foundations of Brisbane

ABC Radio Brisbane | By Jessica Hinchliffe While Queenslanders are renowned for being resilient and loyal, the rocks of Brisbane are known for their own unique kind of tuff. The volcanic rock is easily seen at the Kangaroo Point cliffs and is littered throughout the city in constructions including churches, building facades and retaining walls. Queensland

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The Windsor Crystal Theatre

The Windsor Picture Palace (as it was known then) opened around 1920, in Lutwyche Road Windsor, near the corner with Le Geyt Street. A vestibule fronted Lutwyche Road. At the beginning, patrons were able to dance on a separate floor during silent film screenings. Music was played by a local violinist and pianist. Around 1924

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Film footage of Wilston State School (ca.1954)

Among several amateur films recently digitised by State Library of Queensland is an eight minute film of an event held at Wilston State School, purportedly captured sometime between 1953 and 1954. The recorded footage may depict the opening of the school’s new visual education centre and library, which took place on 28 August 1954. The

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Newmarket Progress Hall

In 1912 the Newmarket end of the Town of Windsor was booming. The Newmarket Saleyards were very busy; the tram lines had been extended; the brickworks were productive and funds were being raised for the Wilston School of Arts Hall. It seems that sometime in 1913 that this local progress association was formed and the

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President’s Report 2018

2018 has been another great year for the Windsor and District Historical Society and I thank you very much for the honour of being your President for the past four years now. Our very first meeting of the new committee was held at the historic home Conon House in Lutwyche. Hosted by the Slaughter family.

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Historical homes – Kirkston

Said to be one of Brisbane’s most architecturally accomplished buildings of its time, Kirkston was built in 1889 by one John Young of Young’s Shop and Residence and designed by GHM Addison who was responsible for Brisbane’s distinctive red brick and white stone churches. Originally a residence for solicitor John Flower of still operational law

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Eildon Hill Reserve

from Weekend Notes Chances are, if you’ve visited or lived in Brisbane for more than a mere week, you’re most likely familiar to our iconic lookouts with beautiful views of the skyline, including Mt Coot-tha, Kangaroo Point, and South Bank. However, at certain times of the day, and especially at certain times of the year,

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Inner-Brisbane church could be converted into units

AN OLD church in an inner Brisbane suburb could be born again as apartments. The post-war church building at 8 Kedron Brook Road in Wilston is set to go under the hammer this month after the owners got council approval to convert the building into units. Agent Richard Mirosch from LJ Hooker Stafford said it

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Brisbane Tuff

Brisbane Tuff indeed is a wonder rock and has been quarried since first settlement of Brisbane. The first quarry was the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and from there stone for many buildings and churches was sourced. The stone was also used for ballast in sailing ships. One of the first buildings was the Commissariat Store built

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Windsor Heritage Walk

One of Brisbane’s oldest shires, Windsor has unfortunately suffered the ravages of progress more than most, with quarrying, major road and tunnel works slicing through its hills and fragmenting it into little islands of preserved heritage. Yet a walk around its still charming hilly streets reveals a fascinating history of gorgeous villas, stunning vistas, tragedies,

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New Apostolic Church

The Windsor Congregation of the New Apostolic Church’s origins go back to the 1920s when members of this religion settled in Brisbane and started holding services in a private home. As numbers grew they met in the Labour Hall in Stoneleigh Street and then in the Windsor School of Arts. In 1935 it was decided

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Remount Depot

Horses for the Army. Work at Wilston. Source: The Telegraph: 15 September 1914 One of the busiest centres of military preparations in the metropolitan area is the remount depot at Wilston, where all the horses,bought and given, are received and examined by the military authorities. Colonel H. V. King lately was appointed director of remounts,and

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Windsor’s heritage-listed homes and places

The Brisbane City Council maintains a Heritage Database which allows searches for places, heritage buildings and places of significance. Physical details, historical information, builder, architectural period and style plus photographs are all available through the search. view the Heritage Register Windsor has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: 22, 25-27 Bess Street: Bess Street Brick

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Historical Windsor residences – Boothville

The imposing Victorian villa Boothville began life as a stroke of luck for a lucky office manager of the Queensland National Bank who had a loan to build a house given to him by his employers in lieu of the standard rental lease. When built in 1887 it was named Monte Video and is believed

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Local History – Windsor

While the inner city Brisbane suburb of Windsor is now, like many other areas, becoming progressively more crowded with units and small dwellings, it’s still a locale that is distinguished by a number of beautiful houses. In fact, many of those houses have survived from the early days of Windsor, when these impressive residences illustrated

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