The 2018 Annual General Meeting of History Queensland Inc. was hosted by Warwick and District Historical Society on Sunday May 20th at the wonderful 100 year old Criterion Hotel, 84 Palmerin Street, Warwick 4370.
Fifty people attended representing 20 of the Qld member organisations. The format of the day seemed to work well with business being kept to a minimum allowing 3 guest speakers and plenty of time to mingle during lunch and share and exchange resources and discuss points raised during the various reports both from History Qld committee members and the delegates. These reports represented a wide range of activities that have been carried out in the past 6 months including: developing museum and library collections, presenting seminars, classes and talks, hosting school and community tour groups, publishing books and indexes (USB/CD), digitising collections and updating websites, applying/receiving grants, celebrating historic events and erecting memorials, involvement with local communities, and undertaking collection significance assessments.
However, issues raised by individual societies included the loss of a secure place to store records, the loss of building lease, and obtaining knowledgeable library assistants: these are problems heard all too often.
We are grateful to the guest speakers who freely gave their time and shared with us the history of the Criterion Hotel, the history of Warwick and surrounding areas, and details of the WW1 March of the Dungarees that took place in 1915 when 28 men started from Warwick recruiting en route to Brisbane: well known Digger Eric Abrahams being amongst them.
We look forward to the next HQ General meeting which will be held at Miegunyah House, Bowen Hills, Brisbane in November hosted by the newest HQ member, the Queensland Women’s Historical Association.