Sunday, 10 January 2010

Brisbane History: Exhibition on leading early Brisbanite Thomas Welsby

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland has an exhibition about Thomas Welsby on this year. Welsby was a businesssman, Ministerialist politician and sportsman (both on the field and in committees). Welsby also was the first President of the Historical Society of Queensland (as it was then) and left his library to the Society when he died; the Society's own library is named after him.

The exhibition features personal items of Welsby's such as letters, scrabooks, trophies he donated to sports clubs, journal articles he wrote, and a restored painting H Strongithearm-Wilkinson of his home in New Farm.

There's a special morning tea at the Royal Historical Society of Queensland at 10am on Tuesday January 11 to open the exhibition. Entry to the morning tea is by a gold coin donation, and if you plan to go please phone the Society on 3221 4198 so they can plan the catering properly. If you're not able to go to the morning tea, the exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm Tue-Fri until the end of 2010. The exhibition is in the museum at the RHSQ's Comissariat Store building at 115 William St Brisbane - click here for a Google Map. The best way to get there is to catch the free city loop bus from Ann St to the William St, almost directly opposite the Society's HQ - all the bus stops you'll need to know are on the Google Map, and you can use the Translink timetable finder to see times fo the free city loop bus.

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