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.