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My Village News My Village News is Brisbane's local magazine, published monthly, in New Farm, Teneriffe, Newstead, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley and Kangaroo Point.
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News that several mature paperbark trees on Gordon St will be felled had My Village News resident historian Gerard Benja...
29/03/2021

News that several mature paperbark trees on Gordon St will be felled had My Village News resident historian Gerard Benjamin delving into the archives.

Hutchinson Builders said the trees have been earmarked for removal in order to build stormwater drains at the Ozcare development at 43 Evelyn St in Newstead.

Gerard found an old photo of the trees dating back to 2009.

“The paperbarks survived the railway track but won’t survive the stormwater drain,” Gerard said.

Our April Peninsula edition being delivered now!
27/03/2021

Our April Peninsula edition being delivered now!

Family supporters of local produce at upmarket deli The best foods, quality customer service and extensive opening hours...
25/03/2021

Family supporters of local produce at upmarket deli
The best foods, quality customer service and extensive opening hours make The Albion Marketplace a must-visit shopping destination.

Milestone for Brothers women’s rugbyClub names women’s team of the past 25 years.
24/03/2021

Milestone for Brothers women’s rugby

Club names women’s team of the past 25 years.

Preloved premium brands at new RSPCA op shop in Ascot Community welcomes Racecourse Rd store which is specialising in hi...
18/03/2021

Preloved premium brands at new RSPCA op shop in Ascot Community welcomes Racecourse Rd store which is specialising in high-end fashion

March edition - out now! Grab your copy at The Albion Marketplace
17/03/2021

March edition - out now! Grab your copy at The Albion Marketplace

Meet Peter Francis. He loves Brisbane and sharing its stories as part of the Brisbane Greeters program. Last year, the l...
14/03/2021

Meet Peter Francis. He loves Brisbane and sharing its stories as part of the Brisbane Greeters program. Last year, the local tours program went into hibernation due to the pandemic but now they are back and Peter's delighted he can share his city's stories again.

His favourite? The BRISBANE POWERHOUSE. "To me, its a kind of metaphor for the whole peninsula - a story of a powerhouse industrial precinct that fell into disuse and decay while other suburbs prospered, then rose again from the ashes."

📸 Shona Bryan

🗞️ Read more about Peter, and his wonderful stories about Brisbane's history, on page 19 of the March Peninsula edition or page 17 of February Inner North: http://ow.ly/AhU150DMfrr

The Asia Pacific Architecture Festival starts this Saturday in Brisbane. Co-curator Georgia Birks said the theme for thi...
13/03/2021

The Asia Pacific Architecture Festival starts this Saturday in Brisbane. Co-curator Georgia Birks said the theme for this year was 'How New is Now?' and would explore questions like "is there any such thing as a new idea".

🗞️Read more about @aparchfestival and which of its events and exhibitions will be at the Peninsula on page 29 of the March Pen*sula edition, out now in letterboxes, cafes, businesses and community hubs, and online (LIB).

📸 1) Jemima Wyman, Haze, 2020. Courtesy of the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, and Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney; 2) Anne Wallace, Fire in the Hills, 2019. Collection of Philip Leeson and Lee Erickson, Canberra. Image courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

#FlashbackFriday: Dora Franz was born in 1858, the daughter of Friedrich Theodor Franz, one of the German Missionaries w...
12/03/2021

#FlashbackFriday: Dora Franz was born in 1858, the daughter of Friedrich Theodor Franz, one of the German Missionaries who arrived at German Station (now Nundah) in 1838.

His daughter went on to establish the Hendra Day School, to cater for the daughters and small sons of professional men. As the school's reputation grew it became the 'right thing' to send children to Dora's school, and to boast about what was regarded as an elite institution.

📸 Courtesy State Library of Queensland

🗞️ Read more about Dora Franz's life and her school on page 26 of the February Inner North edition, thanks to the Nundah & Districts Historical Society Inc. It's online here: #FlashbackFriday: Dora Franz was born in 1858, the daughter of Friedrich Theodor Franz, one of the German Missionaries who arrived at German Station (now Nundah) in 1838.

His daughter went on to establish the Hendra Day School, to cater for the daughters and small sons of professional men. As the school's reputation grew it became the 'right thing' to send children to Dora's school, and to boast about what was regarded as an elite institution.

📸 Courtesy State Library of Queensland

🗞️ Read more about Dora Franz's life and her school on page 26 of the February Inner North edition, thanks to the Nundah & Districts Historical Society Inc. It's online here: http://ow.ly/L4Fg50DMi9P

Clothes from high street designer labels like Marc Jacobs SABA and Country Road will be no more than $20 a piece at the ...
11/03/2021

Clothes from high street designer labels like Marc Jacobs SABA and Country Road will be no more than $20 a piece at the Designer Rummage at the Brisbane Showgrounds with all proceeds going to help victims of domestic and family violence.

Women's Legal Service Queensland, who helped more than 40,000 women last year, will open the sale on March 13 at 12 noon. Tickets start at $10 and customers will be admitted in hourly waves with the fashions constantly refreshed. The first hour is $50.

Good luck, everyone! Hope you find your unicorns 🦄

🗞️ Read more about the Women's Legal Service QLD, what it does and what the past year has been like for the non-profit, on page 25 of the March Peninsula Edition: http://ow.ly/TGCj50DMiZ5

Queensland's live music industry and its mecca, Fortitude Valley, is at a crossroads as musos, technicians, crew and ven...
10/03/2021

Queensland's live music industry and its mecca, Fortitude Valley, is at a crossroads as musos, technicians, crew and venues who've relied on JobKeeper as their industry shut down and still struggles to recover contemplate their futures post- March 31. New research shows they're gearing up to leave the industry in droves.

QMusic CEO Angela Samut says: "We don't want the history books to look back on this moment and for them to say, 'this is when the music scene in Brisbane went south".

📸Pre-COVID-19, Bad Dreems perform at The Zoo, during BIGSOUND 2019; and Post-COVID-19, Kate Miller-Heidke plays The Fortitude Music Hall at Valley Fiesta 2020 photos by Dave Kan.

🗞️ Read more on this issue and how things could change for the Valley after March 31 on page 7 of the March Peninsula edition, out now in your letterbox, favourite cafes, businesses and community hubs, and online: http://ow.ly/HbQt50DMhww

Empowered women empower women. We have so much respect for the women behind Styling Station, Benice Callanan (a Newstead...
08/03/2021

Empowered women empower women. We have so much respect for the women behind Styling Station, Benice Callanan (a Newstead local) and Kylie Muntz. The dynamic duo work with @thread_together to distribute new clothes to women in need, with styling sessions to build relationships, support systems and friendship networks 👗👡👭

They also accept donated clothes from retailers and boutiques and offer $80 styling sessions to the public, where you'll go home with your very own new outfit, to support their charity.

📸 Claire Glasson Photography

🗞️ Read the full story by our Rag Trade columnist Laura Churchill on page 14 of the March Peninsula edition, out now in your letterboxes, favourite cafes, businesses and community hubs.

📱 Or you can read it online: http://ow.ly/gs5050DMe87

#internationalwomensday #iwd2021 #iwd

If you're up for meeting your neighbours and doing something good for the environment, tomorrow's your chance: it's Clea...
06/03/2021

If you're up for meeting your neighbours and doing something good for the environment, tomorrow's your chance: it's Clean Up Australia Day! Here's some local events happening in the Peninsula.

1) Join Cr Vicki Howard for her litter pick ups- she's got one for New Farm Park and Surrounds (7am-8am) and one for Victoria Point and Spring Hill (9am-10am).

2) The wonderful Rotary Club of New Farm led by Denise Buckley, is meeting at the historic tram shelter at Gray St and Merthyr Rd. For details, email [email protected]

3) Kangaroo Point Neighbourhood Watch secretary Diane Arapovic said her team would tackle Captain Burke Park and Dockside, at Kangaroo Point. Meet at Maloney Park, corner of Main and Rotherham streets, at 8am.

For more details, or to find other events that would suit you better, visit the Clean Up Australia website. To all the volunteers who'll be out there on Sunday, thanks for making our villages even more beautiful places to live 💚

When you advertise with My Village News Inner North, you'll be welcomed to every home in Brisbane's blue-chip and rapidl...
04/03/2021

When you advertise with My Village News Inner North, you'll be welcomed to every home in Brisbane's blue-chip and rapidly growing suburbs of Ascot, Hamilton, Clayfield, Northshore, Hendra, Wooloowin, Kalinga and Albion.

Give Renee a call on 3254 4965, and find out how you can have your business' story hand-delivered to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the Inner North.

If you read our Inner North mag in January, you had the scoop that the beloved JOLI Boutique on Racecourse Rd was on its...
04/03/2021

If you read our Inner North mag in January, you had the scoop that the beloved JOLI Boutique on Racecourse Rd was on its way to a new home across the road! Now, owner and mum-of-two Lauren Holland has opened at the new Silk Ascot building, at Shop 2/118 Racecourse Rd.

It tops of an amazing 12 months for her, where she survived and thrived through the pandemic downturn and gave birth to baby Celine 🐣 Congratulations on your amazing year, Lauren!

🗞️ Read the full story on page 8 of our January Inner North edition: http://ow.ly/eHxH50DMdsl

Later this month, Brisbane's coffee scene will have a new home when Coffee Commune opens at Bowen Hills, brought to you ...
03/03/2021

Later this month, Brisbane's coffee scene will have a new home when Coffee Commune opens at Bowen Hills, brought to you by the couple who built Di Bella Coffee.

"The Di Bellas are back, myself and my wife. I started as a dishie - I'm the world's best dishwasher - and it's 30 years this year in hospitality. People will be able to come here and if they don't see me behind the coffee machine or in the kitchen, they'll see me clearing tables and washing up," Phillip Di Bella says.

The Coffee Commune is a hospitality hub for everyone from coffee enthusiasts to industry professionals, comprising a cafe, roastery (available for hire), and industry body and accelerator, with training and education.

That means you can go there to drink coffee, learn how to roast coffee, learn how to make a cup of coffee, and learn how to open and run a coffee shop.

We can't wait!

P.S. Stay tuned for the official opening date!

📸 Shona Bryan

🗞️Read the full interview with Phillip Di Bella in our March Peninsula edition, out now in your letterboxes, favourite cafes, businesses and community hubs.

📱 Read online: http://ow.ly/uJ7450DMd4J

Happy Monday, and welcome to the first month of autumn! We'd say our March Peninsula mag is perfect for cosying up with ...
01/03/2021

Happy Monday, and welcome to the first month of autumn! We'd say our March Peninsula mag is perfect for cosying up with as the weather cools - but, honestly, what cooler weather? So, instead, enjoy it with your iced beverage of choice 🍹🍂🍧

On the cover this month, Phillip and Gianna Di Bella are just weeks away from launching their new coffee and hospitality hub Coffee Commune as Phillip Di Bella marks three decades in the industry this year. (Congrats, mate ☕🎉) He says you're as likely to see him washing dishes - 'I'm the world's best dishwasher' - as mentoring new players and advocating for the industry.

In an amazing turnaround from this time last year, March is packed full of events, festivals and gigs. Celebrate St Patrick's Day with Murphy's Pigs at The Fortitude Music Hall as part of the Brisbane Irish Festival 🍀. We also have your guide to the exhibitions, workshops and discussions as part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Festival. And, of course, lots of local happenings are on our Diary page!

🗞️ All that and more in the March edition of My Village News Peninsula, out now in your letterboxes, local cafes, businesses and community hubs and online at http://ow.ly/4vTM50DM9no

📸 Shona Bryan

Rotary Club of New Farm celebrated its centennial with its Pride of Workmanship awards, where recipients were recognised...
01/03/2021

Rotary Club of New Farm celebrated its centennial with its Pride of Workmanship awards, where recipients were recognised for their 'Do it once, do it well' mentality.

❤️ Valley Hearts street chaplain Rata Bowerman recived the Local Hero award.

🏬 SFH Designs director Sarah Hutson and The Moray Café owner Chanel White (pictured) won the small business awards.

🙌Charmion Bevan and Jordan Nugent, employees at The Body Refinery received awards in the employee category.

Congratulations to all award winners!

🗞️ Read more about the awards on page 4 of the March Peninsula edition of My Village News, out now in letterboxes, cafes, businesses and community hubs, and online: http://ow.ly/tgcM50DMgU7

#FlashbackFriday: 'Bank clerks have donned the mask, and to the onlooker the scene is comical, it being hard to find who...
19/02/2021

#FlashbackFriday: 'Bank clerks have donned the mask, and to the onlooker the scene is comical, it being hard to find who's who. I hope, when writing to you next week, my dear, things will look more cheerful, and that this nasty complaint won't have come our way.'

Such was the fervent wish of Brisbane social columnist in one of her "Over the teacups" letters of early February 1919.

In mid-February came the sobering headlines from the south: 'The epidemic spreads. Alarm in Melbourne. Nearly 3000 cases in 14 days.'

📸 Even youngsters helped to distribute urgent food parcels from the Ithaca Women's Emergency Corps kitchen during the pandemic of 1919. Courtesy of State Library of Queensland

🗞️To read more about how Brisbane dealt with the Spanish Flu, read Gerard Benjamin's Archives column in My Village News, on page 22 of Inner North and 15 of Peninsula. LIB.

What's the most important thing you've ever lost, and where did you lose it?Although you won't be able to buy any those ...
18/02/2021

What's the most important thing you've ever lost, and where did you lose it?

Although you won't be able to buy any those passports, the circular saw is up for sale at the Brisbane Airport Lost Property Auction, online until this Sunday, February 21, with all proceeds raised will go to the Courier-Mail's Children's Fund.

A spokeswoman says: "Airports are places of heightened emotions, so people tend to leave their items behind in all areas of the terminal, from the bathrooms to the boarding gates".

🗞️Read more about the weird and wonderful things people have left behind at the airport on page 20 of the Inner North February edition, http://ow.ly/Torx50DBr4g

Head down to Northshore Tennis Park (right next to Eat street) to watch the Australian Open live on the big screen on th...
17/02/2021

Head down to Northshore Tennis Park (right next to Eat street) to watch the Australian Open live on the big screen on the 19th, 20th and 21st of February!

"The whole idea is to get the community down and enjoying the tennis outside, rather than being cooped up in their apartments. We're hoping people will be cheering, getting into the matches," says manager Richard Colville.

Oh, and there's heaps of other fun stuff on offer, too: comfy rugs and deck chairs, a bar, a jumping castle, and games and activities, like Finska, plus tennis court hire. And P.S. It's all free.

📸 Shona Bryan

🗞️Read about the Live on the Lawn plus other free active events happening this month on page 23 of our February Inner North edition: http://ow.ly/x62I50DBpcp

Have you picked up this month's edition of My Village News Peninsula, with our interview with social media star Christia...
17/02/2021

Have you picked up this month's edition of My Village News Peninsula, with our interview with social media star Christian Hull on how much he loves his new life in the Peninsula?

He was funny, lovely to interview and generous with his time, and so focussed on making sure he told us how great New Farm Antique Centre was that he didn't even mention he had a new book coming out!

Anyway, it turns out he's lovely in general - right now he's drumming up support for Bravery Buddies❤️

We're working hard on our March edition of My Village News Peninsula (coming soon!) but in the meantime, you should definitely pick up February, it's chock-a-block with great stories.

🗞️ For the full interview, check out page 25 of our My Village News Peninsula February Edition: https://myvillagenews.com.au/february-2021/

📸 Claire Glasson Photography

Is there something you learnt when you were a kid that's come in handy as you've grown up?Scout youth leader Gibson Gray...
16/02/2021

Is there something you learnt when you were a kid that's come in handy as you've grown up?

Scout youth leader Gibson Gray first featured in our magazine in 2013, when he was just starting out in Scouts. Now, eight years later, he's a youth leader who's written us a wonderful article about why young people should join Scouts Queensland, specifically his own Brisbane Central Scouts.

And here at the mag, we believe any skill that makes moving easier is, quite frankly, a skill worth having.

🗞️ Gibson's article (plus more details on how to join) is on page 10 of the My Village News Peninsula February edition, in your local cafes, businesses and community hubs and online: http://ow.ly/qxt750DBjFe

It's the shortest month of the year but we are not short on stories in this edition of My Village News Inner North.Find ...
15/02/2021

It's the shortest month of the year but we are not short on stories in this edition of My Village News Inner North.

Find out how our village's landmark creek has disappeared off the map, leaving the Breakfast Creek Hotel and Breakfast Creek Lifestyle Precinct without their namesakes!

Then flip to page 23 to find out all the details on how you can watch the Australian Open on the big screen, eat excellent food and have a hit on the courts with your family and friends.

We've also got amazing interviews with Harry Wilson from Queensland Reds and fellow former Brothers Rugby Club player and local identity James 'Della' Delahunty - aka 'The Mad Chemist'.

📸Shona Bryan

🗞️That's all in the February edition of My Village News Inner North, in your letterboxes and favourite cafes, businesses and community hubs now!

What better day to introduce you all to a rising star in jewellery than Valentine's Day?Ryan Guy is the TAFE Queensland ...
14/02/2021

What better day to introduce you all to a rising star in jewellery than Valentine's Day?

Ryan Guy is the TAFE Queensland Apprentice Jeweller of the Year 2020! The 21-year-old is apprenticed at Newstead's Gemcraft Australia and said he was "shocked, happy, and then shocked again" after his win. 💍✨❤️

Congratulations Ryan!

📸 Shona Bryan

🗞️ Read more on this story in February's My Village News Peninsula edition on page 9, in your letterbox, favourite cafes and businesses and community hubs. And online, here: http://ow.ly/xyAG50DzLYs

#FlashbackFriday: Meet the Queen of Coronet Court! Long before today's abundance of cyclists and scooterists, Cecily Jen...
12/02/2021

#FlashbackFriday: Meet the Queen of Coronet Court! Long before today's abundance of cyclists and scooterists, Cecily Jenkin cut quite a figure around New Farm on her red three-wheeler. Indeed she was still riding the trusty trike in her late 90s. Cecily died in 2019, at the age of 97, as a well-loved and much missed member of Coronet Court and her community.

Do you have any memories of Cecily Jenkins riding her red trike around New Farm and Merthyr Village?

🗞️ If you'd like to read the full story of Cecily Jenkin, it's in our January Peninsula edition, on page 22. You can read it on our website, link in bio.

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A possible ideal for a future article. New Farm and surrounds seems to have an interesting mix of people. Where do they mostly come from? and if/when they leave … where do they mostly go to? And in both cases, are they generally happy with their decision?
Beautiful painting from the Collection “SUNDAYS in NEW FARM PARK” by local New Farm artist.
Just got home from work and again, by the grace of God, managed to narrowly miss getting hit by a car on the Commercial Road crossing. It’s been about a month since the last time so I guess I was due. How many other people have begged the council to hurry up and start putting traffic lights on the corner of Doggett and Commercial Road? How long do we have to wait? Will take a death? I’m just curious...
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Our daughter wanted to do something to make a difference . So she set up an old fashioned lemonade stand to raise money for the St Vincent DePaul .... so proud
Hello, I am trying to make contact with Patricia Jane Wood, (or relatives of), whose husband flew with the RAAF in Wales, UK during, or just after WWII. I am also trying to make contact with Julius Toth, who had a pharmacy at 79B Merthyr Road in about 2007. Any advice, or guidance would be most welcome.
Hello Village News, I just want to comment on the Skyring Terrace article in your current issue. I too have fears that someone might be injured, perhaps fatally, in this area. This is mainly due to the number of pedestrians that jay-walk in the area rather than using the designated pedestrian crossings at the traffic lights. I regularly drive along Skyring terrace on my way to work. I frequently see people taking stupid risks crossing the section of road between the Breakfast Creek Road and Cunningham Street traffic lights, and have witnessed a near-miss when someone stepped out into the second lane of traffic from behind a transit vehicle (that obscured their view) that was stationary in the first lane. Your article references the relocation of CityGlider bus stop to its original position opposite the Gasometer, and that this again requires pedestrians to cross four lanes of traffic, but you don't mention that pedestrians have the option to safely cross those four lanes at either set of the lights located at the intersections I referenced above. It’s not a terribly long stretch of road. It hardly requires the pedestrian divert from their route to far, if at all? I don’t see that adding additional crossings in the area as being practical for traffic flow either. It may not be the only issue that needs to be addressed, but jay-walking is an important factor in the issue of pedestrian safety along this stretch, and I'm surprised that it wasn't even mentioned in your article. I’m curious to know what other drivers in this area think? Regards, Megan Miller New Farm
This monthly publication has matured into a high quality provider of news & current issues. A wonderful improvement. Well done to all those responsible. It is something we now look forward to each month. Keep up the great work. cheers
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