All in People

Suburban dentist, a salt works, and one of Queensland’s most important female novelists

I am thinking of renaming this blog The Rabbit Hole, or, alternatively, ‘Two Degrees of Separation’, because the number of times I start an article with one story and finish with another is amazing. Just down the road from where I live is a suburban dental practice. No surprises there. But what is fascinating is the building in which it is housed. And the fascinating connections made through time and space to one of Queensland’s most important and prodigious female novelists, Mrs Campbell Praed.

Over the fence, in Harrisville

Historic Harrisville, less than one hour's drive south-west of Brisbane, delivers a great day out. And during the month of May there is the added attraction of the annual Open Studios of the Scenic Rim weekends. In Harrisville you can visit talented artist Colleen Gardener's art exhibition at the Gardener Art Studio, housed in an old bank building in the main street. Read on to find out all the details.

Lest we forget

I am sure I am not alone when I say that I dash about my daily life very often with little thought about the lives of those who have gone before. So when I decided to write something about this significant monument in Sherwood I took a little time to visit, to contemplate, and to try and imagine.

Walter Taylor’s beautiful church

Down in suburban Graceville is a white-iced confection of a church. It was bequeathed to the area by the remarkable Walter Taylor. This is its story and a small chapter of his, too. Walter Taylor leaves an indelible mark on Brisbane, passing on a legacy of buildings, small and large, as well as the bridge that connects the suburbs of Graceville and Chelmer – his home turf – to much of Brisbane. 

60+ Shades of Grey

For many men retirement can be challenging. The work routine to which they have become inured over the years evaporates. Retirement can mean a major lifestyle change for which many are unprepared. You may be interested to read how this group of men, the Disgraceful Greys, have approached their retirement.

The Fort Bushland Reserve

The Fort Bushland Reserve is one of the few remaining lowland dry vine forests left in Brisbane, which gives it a special botanical significance. It is home to swamp wallabies, bandicoots, echidnas and squirrel gliders, and there has been a proliferation of native bees and butterflies, and other insects.

Tracing the history of The Fort

The Fort Bushland Reserve is on the corner of Cliveden Avenue and Fort Road, Oxley. It is the only part of that suburb to abut the Brisbane River, and quite impressive a spot it is, too. Situated high on a bluff overlooking the Mermaid Reach of the river, it is adjacent to the Rocks Riverside Park, in Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Nancy on Nolan

Nancy Underhill is a Brisbane local, a writer, an art historian, and a curator; she also helps organise opera schools (the Lisa Gasteen Opera School here in Brisbane), and I suspect, a great deal more.