Community Projects


 Suburban Mosaics. The Centenary Suburbs Historical Society initiated and undertook the design and creation of a mosaic to be installed at the Jindalee sign at the entrance to Jindalee near the Bowls Club.  It displays the four images used by the developer:  Jindalee, Jindalee Chase, Jindalee Links and Jindalee Hills.  While the work in progress was submerged during the January 2011 flood (having been stored at the Bowls Club), it survived and will be completed and installed in the near future.

A mosaic is also needed for the Mt Ommaney suburban sign located in Capital Drive near the Tricare Nursing Home.  This is at the design stage.  All of the other suburban sign names are in metal and are in place so no mosaic work will be added to these signs.

Displays on historical themes are created for key community events – e.g. at the Rocks Riverside Festival and at an Australia Day event in 2010.

Brochures on historical themes. Two brochures are available on aspects of local history. The Glimpse brochure provides an overview of local history.  A brochure on Thomas Boyland, 19th century steamboat proprietor and early pastoralist in the local area, is also available.

Local photographic competitions with a historic themewere organized by the Society in 2005 and 2007.  Below is a photograph of the winner of the 2007 competition, Phil Lawrence.  The competition was conducted in conjunction with the Queensland Camera Group with the large display of entries on the wall of the Library.

Lobbying to preserve history. In 2005, two members of CSHSoc initiated a petition to save the buildings on Seventeen Mile Rocks Road.  Representatives of the Historical Society, along with other community representatives, continued to be involved in ongoing discussion and negotiations with the developers for some years

Initiation of and/or support to installation of commemorative plaques. CSHSoc sought and raised funds for the installation of a plaque at Windermere Estate honouring early aviator Thomas Macleod.   The Society also supported the installation of the John Oxley plaque at Mt Ommaney by advising on the history and appropriate siting, and negotiated for the installation of a seat commemorating John Oxley’s passage along Mermaid Reach.  See article on John Oxley’s significance to the area here.

Self-drive Historical Leaflet. A self-drive historical tour of the Centenary suburbs is to be developed in the future.

Presentations on local history are given, by invitation, to community groups and schools.

[Photos CDH/CSHSoc]