Monday, June 11, 2012

Hemmant - much to see

Hemmant is a suburb of Brisbane - not far from the Brisbane River, and tucked away from the main road between the city and Wynnum.  It is a place with quite interesting history.

Hemmant was named after Hon William Hemmant who was "Colonial Treasurer 1874 - 76 who owned the high-profile home " Eldernell" at Hamilton on the opposite side of the river".  You can read  more about the history of Hemmant here.  (This information is from that website)

Also from the website...  "Such structures as the Hemmant Uniting Church, Tingalpa Anglican Christ Church, the residence 'Dumbarton' at Hemmant [ the home of a later member of the Gibson family which established the first sugar mill in the valley]"

"Dumbarton" was relocated to a site adjacent to Hemmant Primary School to make way for the construction of the Port Road [ the author was active in a project of restoring Christ Church at Tingalpa, which was completed in 2007.]

"Other built heritage items of value remaining in the valley are the Anning Boer War monument in Hemmant-Tingalpa Rd., Hemmant"

Dumbarton House is still in the grounds of the old Hemmant School, which has recently been taken over by a training organisation.

In Hemmant the old church remains on Hemmant Tingalpa Road, and at the back is an old lock up, and at the Wynnum Road end of Hemmant Tingalpa Road is the Hemmant Cemetery in which many of the old settlers were buried.  The old cemetery is to the right as one drives in the main entrance.

Behind the cemetery is Hemmant Quarry Reserve.  This under used space is a mostly bushland, with a lake in what was the old quarry.  There are walking tracks, and boardwalks in the bushland, and  as you can see from the video below, great cycling tracks.

How do you get there?  There is an almost hidden entrance on Wynnum Road, but on Fleming Road, there is a small car park and entrance.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Must Do Brisbane - see Wynnum

This article popped up on Facebook this morning and I thought it worth listing here.  Certainly a great list of Must Do things in the Wynnum Manly area.

Check here for details.

Check it out.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

History Alive at Fort Lytton

I am often surprised to learn how few local people from the Wynnum Manly area, have visited Fort Lytton, which is only a short distance away, which celebrates one aspect of Queensland History.

In June there is always a special event, called History Alive, which is on the weekend of June 9th and 10th.

The following is from History Alive website -

"We have a huge range of things to see!

The gates open at 9:30am with Fort Lytton’s 64-pounders firing at 10am.

On the main field, we have activities ranging from Napoleonic battles to WW2 displays. In the encampments, see how people of bygone eras really lived. In The Hall, check out local historical groups and dance displays. There is food available for purchase and some great stalls where you can buy something to take home with you!"

It is a great place to take children (grandparents, this is an opportunity to show your grandchildren a little history!)

There is food, but plenty of places to picnic with your own food.

The ceremony when the guns fire every hour is worth watching too, as is the little faces when they hold their hands to their ears as the big guns boom.

Public transport is not available from Wynnum, so you need your own car to get there, and there is usually plenty of parking.

Following is a video from the History Alive Website.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Eating Out in Wynnum - May's Thai

Yesterday I dined with a friend at a relatively new restaurant in Wynnum.  We met at May's Thai on the corner of Glenora Street, and Tingal Road to enjoy some wonderful Thai food.  First of all, the parking is challenging at this spot - but really there is quite a lot within a short walk from the corner restaurant (it was formerly a newsagent).

The restaurant was clean and attractive and the staff member who welcomed us was extremely helpful.  We could not fault her - or indeed anything about the venue and the lunch.

We chose the Lunch Special - it is fantastic value, especially when there are two or more as you can share the meals.  We had spring rolls, a beef and vegetable dish, and a chicken and cashew nut dish and we were unable to eat it all.   The lunch special is $9.90 a head.

Cold drinks are available from an imposing refrigerator in the restaurant, and cold water is on the tables.  If you want wine, I think you have to take your own, but we were able to manage on water!

However, we did have Green Tea to finish off a lovely lunch.

May's Thai is also at Mayfair Manly West, and they do home deliveries in the region.  Check out the website.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Redevelopment of the Wynnum CBD

Recently the Wynnum and Districts Chamber of Commerce formed a task force in response to the declining retail area of the CBD, and more recently, the acquisition of the Wynnum State School in Florence street by the Brisbane City Council.

As a result, thes Wynnum Re-development Taskforce was formed, and officially launched at luncheon on May 16th, at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, and subsequently survey forms have been distributed, consultations have been held with various stakeholders, and members of the Chamber and Taskforce have attended information sessions at Wynnum Plaza, and Manly Markets, and clearly there is much interest in the redevelopment.

While there are some who do not want the area to change, others can see the benefit to the whole community if there is development, which will include residential (we need more people living in the CBD), and the upgrading of a raft of facilities.

In relation to the Wynnum School, it is accepted by most that some residential is inevitable on the site, but it is expected that the red brick building will be set aside for community use.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a facility to hold events, and an art gallery and other community facilities?

One aspect that residents are passionate about is the green space.  It is currently the only green space in the CBD - so if there is an increase in residential, retail and offices in the area, it is essential that this area be saved so that workers and residents can wander in a park, or take their lunch out of the office.

At the Farmer's Markets Manly  

Sharyn Macauley, Michael Belfield (Chamber President) and Ian Hill.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

These photos were also taken on May 20th, 2012.  After spending quite a while sitting at the Wynnum Wading pool, and taking the photos (and lots more) shown earlier, I stopped for a short time overlooking the Manly Harbour.  There are always interesting photos to be taken here. Sadly the sun had disappeared under the clouds, but it did present some interesting cloud formations.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sun Breaking over Moreton Bay

It is not the first time I have been hovering around the Wynnum Wading Pool as the sun came up - I often think of going there, but not always do I do it!   Sometimes the weather is not right - but with the last few days of wonderful bright days, I made a commitment to go this morning (Sunday May 20th)!

It was cool, but pleasant.  I sat on a wall near the pool, with camera in hand.  The firs views are of the red glow, that announced the imminent arrival of the sun, and the clouds out across the bay danced and moved, and some clearly let forth their rain.

Neil Symes Maiden Speech

Neil Symes, recently elected as the Member of Parliament representing Lytton, which includes the suburbs of Wynnum, Manly and surrounding suburbs on the edge of Moreton Bay, south of the Brisbane River.

If you have not heard his maiden speech - you can find it here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anzac Day 2012

Dawn services were held at Wynnum RSL, and at Manly, followed by marches through Manly and later Wynnum.  These photos are from the Wynnum march that commenced in Cedar Street, and travelled along Bay Tce, then Bride Street to the car park at the Wynnum RSL where the wreath laying service was held.

Lest we forget.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Launch of Writers of Wynnum Manly Book

On Saturday April 21st, a very successful launch of the anthology of writing of the Writers of Wynnum Manly (who are a subcommittee of the Wynnum Manly Arts Council), was held at the Wynnum Municipal Hall.

Fabulous food was provided, and we heard the first public speech since his election of our new Member of Parliament, Neil Symes.

WOW Co ordinator and Vice President of the Wynnum Manly Arts Council Heather Jacobs, Neil Symes, MP, Ian Hill (MC)

The book, called A Little Bit of Writers of Wynnum Manly. contains poetry, haiku, and short stories from members including Heather Jacobs, Edith Ritchie, Charles McNeilly, Valerie Absell, Valerie Allen, John Francis Thomas, Maggie Saville-Taylor, Lurline Farmer, Colleen O'Grady, and the late Brian Brandenburg, to whom the book was dedicated.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Weekend Activities

There really is a lot on this weekend - especially on Saturday (21st  April)

Jan Power's Farmers' Markets at Manly are on


The Scope Club of Wynnum have a function "Lavender and Lace"  with Devonshire Afternoon Tea and Auction at the Red Raddish, Edith Steet, Wynnum, from 1.30 pm.

$10 to attend.  Phone Rose Kefford on 3396 5958 to book.

and The Brisbane Doll Society presents  Collectors and Hobbies Fair, at Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre, 241 Tingal Road, Wynnum with

Refreshments - Sale Tables - Valuations - Displays

Admission $6 (Concession $5)
(All proceeds to charity)

Contact Lyn 3802 2508

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Visit Beadoire

I met yesterday with the wonderfully talented Maureen Nugent of Beadoire in Bay Tce, Wynnum.  She has some awesome things in her store.

Some garments in the window attracted my attention, and I came out with a fabulous pink bag carrying my purchases after a long chat with her about her glass beading.

Did you know Maureen won a major award for her work back in 2008??  (Ask her to show it to you when you visit the store).

I found this video on You Tube - you can see there are many more items in this amazing place now....

Beadoire, 143 Bay Terrace, Wynnum.  Check the website for opening hours etc.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Free Workshop about Incorporation, Incorporated Associations

This workshop will be on April 18th, at the WM Leagues Club.  For more information click here.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Beginning with Orchids

Here's your chance to learn how to grow fabulous orchids!!

The Eastern District Orchid Society Inc in conjunction with Gordon’s Oz Orchid Nursery presents

Beginning with Orchids

Where? Gordon’s Oz Orchid Nursery, 1729 Wynnum Rd Tingalpa
When? Saturday April 14th at 10 am

Free demonstrations on the care of Orchids
Free Morning Tea from 9.30 am
5 Lucky Door Orchid Plant Giveaways
Free Advice

Everyone welcome – please bring along a chair.

Enquiries: Barry on 0414 725 294 or

Orchid Show

I had driven past the venue for the Orchid Show several times during the past few weeks and noted the sign out the front, and slipped a note into my diary for me to go.  As it turned out, I was able to attend though only for a short time.

It was impressive!!!  Local orchid growers competed in a number of categories and the displays were wonderful.  Thank you to the committee for allowing me to take some photographs.

The Show is one of the two shows put on each year by the Eastern District Orchid Society, Inc.   If you missed this one, add September 29th and 30th to your calendar, as their next show will be on that weekend at the Bayside Uniting Church Hall, 420 Wondall Road Manly West.

For more information go to the website.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mercury Theatre Performs

Three premiere local plays will be performed in April at the Manly Lota RSL Hall, 184 Melville Tce, Manly.  "A Touch of Snobbery" by D'Arcy Harrison Lynch, and Directed by Geraldine Aitken, "The Birthday Party" and "A Girl's Night Out" both Written and Directed by Christopher James Hendry.

Performances will be on Friday April 13th, and Saturday April 14th, with a *Special Matinee* on Saturday 14th April at 2 pm.

You can enjoy live music with Katherine Lynn, and Beer & Wine at evening performances.

This is the first time that these plays have been produced.

$15 full price and $10 Concession (Pensioner or full time students.)

Phone bookingsL 0431 988 965 or email

Is the Easter Bunny coming to Wynnum?

Easter Egg Hunt
Thursday 5th April 2012
2.30 p.m.
At the Old Wynnum Central State School
“Community Centre”,  Block C
Charlotte Street Entrance
Other EE hiding Places to be disclosed on the Day
All Children Welcome  but must be Supervised by their parents or Guardians
There will be a prize for the best easter costume
All wishing to participate to bring your own modestly sized basket and contribute to Eggs etc… for the hunt.
For further information please contact the       Easter Bunny Ph: 3348 6067

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wynnum Up Late

It is on tonight - Thursday March 29th!  So go along to Bay Terrace, and see where the action is.  It has been such a fun event that gives the local traders an opportunity to have fun and promote their stores.  There's action along Bay Tce, and in Florence St - but just ask when you get there, for info on which places are open.

Monday, March 12, 2012

History of Hemmant

I was reading Dr Ros Kidd's website and I not that there was an aboriginal name for Hemmant which was Hemmant was Kuwirmandadu (place of curlews).  I find this intriguing as I don't know that there are many curlews around the area these days.  Perhaps someone can add some information on that.

I certainly know that curlews are common on some of the Bay islands, and I have seen them in the western suburbs, and even in the bushes at Milton, but I have never seen them in the Wynnum Manly area.   Perhaps there are some around Doboy Creek - I shall have to wander around there one evening to see.

I know they come out in the evening and I recognise their mournful cries.  

When I lived on Lamb Island a few years ago, they were a constant late in the afternoon, and their cries would go on into the night sometimes.

I am thinking of the Bush Stone Curlews of course, though I know where are quite a few others.  I will have to do some further research to see what the situation is.  There is plenty of bushland around Hemmant, and plenty of water for them too.  

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Where is our history?

I know that the Wynnum Manly Historical Society is very active in the area, but I wonder if those who are not involved with the organisation know how much history is around the local area.

I took a photo the other day of the building which houses the Wynnum Ambulance Museum - which is open by appointment through the Historical Society.  It is a shame that it is not open more often.  The building is in Tingal Road, Wynnum.

The Historical Society has a small office adjacent to the entrance of the Wynnum Library, on Bay Tce, which is open at hours listed on the door.  It has an amazing collection of historical data of the area.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Clean Up Australia

You have got to wonder about the people who throw their rubbish onto our  streets, and into our parks.  Yesterday, Clean Up Australia Day, local residents took to the streets with huge yellow and white bags to collect the flotsam and jetsam left by inconsiderate people.

It is surprising how much rubbish we find out the front of peoples' homes - now, I don't believe that it is left BY them, but on a day such as Clean Up Australia Day, you'd think people would at least scan the front of their suburban plot and remove any rubbish lying around.

And to the idiots that threw rubbish at volunteers cleaning up, we know you are really stupid.  But we believe in Kharma.  Perhaps one day you will wake up and realize the stupidity of your actions.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Wifi Hotspots in the Region.

How many Wifi hotspots are there in the Wynnum Manly area?  There are some days when it would be useful to have a list of these as they are few and far between, and not promoted.

The list will be updated here - and we are on the look out for others.  I will check some places in the Wynnum Manly area.   If you know of any you can leave a comment and I will check on it.

So who has Wifi?

The Wynnum Library has Wifi - and there is no cost to use it.  You will need to ask at the information desk for the code.

McDonald's at Wynnum West has Wifi - but you need to purchase something and ask for the code. (1991 Wynnum Road, Wynnum West - at Wynnum Plaza.)

Marine World Seafood Cafe, at  19/1029 Manly Road, Tingalpa, 4173 has Wifi - most likely for customers so you may need to purchase some of their wonderful fish.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Manly Marina

Row upon row, the boats line up along the moorings in Manly Harbour.  There are a number of boating clubs with marinas here - Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, Wynnum Manly Yacht Club, Royal Queensland Yacht Club, and East Coast Marina.

Anyone interested in sailing, boating, dining on the bay, or any other water activity can explore the websites.

Fort Lytton National Park

The Fort Lytton National Park was built in 1880 - 81 to defend Brisbane during times of war.  It is open to the public on Sundays only between 10 am and 4 pm for self guided tours.  There is no charge on Sundays.  For more information go to this website.