Everyone is welcome to join us at the February 23 General Meeting.
Our special guest speaker will be Kaye Mobsby.
Kaye has been a family historian and collector of vintage photographs and memorabilia since the ’80s, and she created the Vintage Queensland Facebook page, on the back of her love for vintage pictures and Lost Brisbane. Her main goal is to help others with their family research, or to take people back to a time of their happiest memories, and she’s generously sharing her story with us.
Kaye inherited a large collection of vintage Australian photographs, and is a relative of Henry William Mobsby, one of Queensland’s earliest photographers and cinematographers. It will be a most interesting talk.
Another financial year has just ended for the Society so our annual general meeting will be held at the Chambers on Sunday 17 November 2019 at 4pm. Below you will find the formal Notice of Meeting as issued by our Secretary, a nomination form should you wish to assist the Society by serving on our Committee and a proxy form to enable you to vote on matters put at the AGM if you are unable to attend.
Membership renewal notices have recently been sent for those whose membership expired on 30 September 2019 and we look forward to their being renewed. Please remember that for your votes to count at the AGM, you must be a financial member at 17 November 2019.
After the AGM formalities, our guest speaker, Caylie Jeffery, author of Under the Lino, will share her experiences with us. Her presentation will be followed by afternoon tea so you are able to catch up with other members and join in celebrating the successful completion of the Society’s 31st year and the coming too soon festive season.
The Windsor Picture Palace (as it was known then) opened 1921, 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 it was renamed the Crystal Palace Theatre. Windsor and Wilston State Schools held annual fancy dress balls at the theatre during the late 1920s and 1930s.
Talking movies then came along and the theatre became a great entertainment venue for the local residents. All Hollywood’s major films were shown at Windsor. Saturday matinees were attended by the children who experienced cartoons, serials (Superman, Batman, etc) and one or two films. A snack bar was positioned under the stage, and interval created a rush by the children to purchase drinks, ice creams, lollies, etc.
The stage and screen were situated behind the front vestibule and the canvas seats covered the area sloping eastwards up to the projection room at the back. The theatre was re-vamped in 1964 and the entrance was relocated to Le Geyt Street.
The Crystal Theatre was an icon of the local area before it closed in 1999. Leading up to the closing, the theatre became famous for its continuous screening of the film “The gods must be crazy” (1467 times).
The theatre was demolished in the year 2000, the end of an era!
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 £6,000 centre (the equivalent of $200,000 today) was officially opened by Queensland Premier Vince Gair. A man resembling Gair can be seen at one point in the footage giving a speech in front of the visual education centre.