Meetings

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Meetings are held in the Warner Hall, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm on the first Thursday of each month except January unless otherwise specified.

N.B. Due to Government COVID restrictions, numbers at meetings will be limited. Until further notice, anyone wishing to attend the meetings must book by following this link to Eventbrite. Any enquiries can be made by

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Meetings are held in the Warner Hall, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm on the first Thursday of each month except January unless otherwise specified.

How to get to the Brunswick Room and Warner Hall:

  • By road / parking - Access the Warner Hall from the walk-way from Merthyr Road. There are signs directing members to the entrance. Only limited parking is available on site, but street parking is available in Merthyr Road and nearby streets including Bowen Tce and Watson Street. There aren't any Parking Control Areas but near the intersection of Merthyr Road with Brunswick Street, there are specified parking requirements.
  • Train / bus - Travel to Fortitude Valley station then walk 305m to Brunswick Street Stop 207 near McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley and take a Route 196 bus. There is a stop directly outside 52 Merthyr Road. After 6 p.m., buses come every 15 minutes. Please check the Translink journey planner https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your-journey/journey-planner for other options and timetables.
  • City Cat - There is a City Cat terminal at Sydney Street. It takes approximately 10 minutes to walk to 52 Merthyr Road from the terminal.

Meetings for 2020

5 November

Short talk - George Diggles: Silvester Diggles: Early Queensland Naturalist.

Silvester Diggles, George’s great grandfather, became interested in nature as a young man growing up in Liverpool, England. He migrated to Australia in 1854, ending up in the colony of Moreton Bay (Brisbane). Here he was inspired by the unique nature of Australia’s fauna. A skilled artist, he started collecting, describing and drawing the insects and birds of his new home, which led to the publication of his now rare The Ornithology of Australia.

Part of this ambitious project was produced in Brisbane between 1865 and 1876. Silvester intended this publication to be more affordable than Gould’s book which even then was rare and expensive. The multi-talented Silvester was a musician, artist and photographer who was also interested in astronomy and entomology.

In this talk, George will tell us much more about his talented ancestor.

Long talk - Brad Dreis: Environmental Impact Assessments for Threatened Birds in Queensland.

Queensland is home to approximately 65 threatened bird species. When a proposed development impacts on a threatened species or its habitat, an Environmental Impact Assessment is required. Assessments often vary in their complexity and detail and the approvals pathway that they are required to navigate.

Brad’s presentation will provide an overview of the process in assessing impacts to threatened birds in Queensland and how impacts may be determined, managed and offset where required.

3 December (AGM)

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