EARLY IPSWICH: A photo of Ipswich in 1870 by the banks of the Bremer River.
EARLY IPSWICH: A photo of Ipswich in 1870 by the banks of the Bremer River. Ipswich Historical Society

Early Ipswich goes on display

HISTORY KEEPER: Ipswich Historical Society president Ian Wilson looks through some of the society’s old photographs of the city.
HISTORY KEEPER: Ipswich Historical Society president Ian Wilson looks through some of the society’s old photographs of the city.

A SPECIAL presentation by the Ipswich Historical Society will showcase rare historical photos of a very different, but still familiar, Ipswich.

Society president Ian Wilson said his presentation was called A Photographic Walk Around Ipswich.

"I'll be showing images from up and down Brisbane St, Bell and Nicholas St, around the river, and over to the north side," Mr Wilson said.

"Some of these photos have never been seen before in public.

"I'll be pointing out a few things, telling some stories."

One of the more notable features in a photo looking down Brisbane St towards East St is the Bank of New South Wales building on the corner of Bell and Brisbane St.

"We've got some great photos of parades coming down Brisbane St from different years," he said.

The presentation is at the society's headquarters, Cooneana, at 1041 Redbank Plains Rd on Friday, November 15. Gates open at 6.30pm for a meet and greet and light supper.

The admission price of $10 includes the presentation, drinks, wine and cheese, nibbles, a raffle and lucky door prize.

The historical society was founded in 1966 to collect, preserve, and display the social history of the Ipswich region.

The Ipswich Historical Society is also a meeting place for specialist historical groups.

The patron of the society is life member and long-time columnist for The QT, Beryl Johnston.

An 1883 image of Ipswich looking down Brisbane Street from the corner of Bell St. The Bank of New South Wales building is on the left, behind the unidentified boy.
An 1883 image of Ipswich looking down Brisbane Street from the corner of Bell St. The Bank of New South Wales building is on the left, behind the unidentified boy.


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