#23 – Wynnum Greys


August 18, 2017

This week we cover a community group, the Wynnum Manly Greyhound Owners.  We are very much dog lovers in our family, but our 4 legged family members have been labradors.  I haven’t had much experience with greyhounds, well except for the time our neighbour was fostering Tony, who had a great nature, and I thought where did I get the stereotype that they weren’t great pets?

I must say that they have a beautiful demeanour, and they loved the attention and pats that I was enforcing on them at last Sunday’s meetup.

Megan from the group contacted me to see if I could meet up and cover one of their monthly get togethers.  It was fantastic to see around 50 dogs, behaving so well together and their owners sharing a common bond.  You can visit their facebook page here.  Last Sunday’s walk went from the bandstand park to Manly and back, and didn’t the Brisbane winter put on a show!

Friendly and good natured greys

I asked Megan the regulation questions below.

What brought you to the area?

We were looking for a block of land and we had seen a block of land online. Wynnum wasn’t on our radar though we thought we would go for a drive and take a look. We fell in love with the place instantly.


Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I certainly have to say 50 greyhounds walking along the esplanade 🙂


What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I think it is beautiful the way it is though I would like to see a few more BBQ’s and shade gazebos along the waterfront and a pool like Southbank.

Quite a spectacle seeing the group enjoying the waterfront

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

Want to adopt or foster a greyhound? Click here. 

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum? The Wynnum/Manly Men’s Shed  website

Thanks for letting me come and meet the crew (and their owners)!


#22 – Beach Volleyball

August 12, 2017

This week we are checking out the Battle of Waterloo, a volleyball competition that finalises the beach volleyball initiative held at the wading pool.  It was a fantastic initiative to make use of the space during the winter months when the water is drained from the pool.  I observed people of all ages enjoying the space over the last 6 weeks.  Next year promises to be even better with local schools keen to be more involved.

Some pictures of the event below, and if you are quick, get down and enjoy the action still underway.  Some great skills on show!

Like them on facebook so you can updates when the event commences next year, and check out their website.



Pre games briefing

The players lounge area



#21 – The Collective Store

August 4, 2017

This week we visit a fantastic store – The Collective, located in Wynnum Central (on the corner of Florence and Bay Tce), who have the most amazing items created by talented artists, designers and craftspeople. There are over 9,000 items currently in the store!!!  I got to spend some time browsing through the items and chatting with Leonie about this great spot.

Greeted at the door

Loads to see!

This is such a great concept for the artist as there is no commission charged but rather a “stall-holder’s fee”  set at a reasonable rate.  With so many artists and items on display, I decided to do an impromptu test of Leonie’s knowledge, of who made what piece, and I was astounded by the knowledge of the artist, the process and the details of the pieces.

So many high quality items

What brought you to the area?

Wynnum has such a great vibe and it was just perfect for my kind of business – arty, eclectic, warm and welcoming. Also, that view from Bay Terrace down to the water! We are so lucky!

There is a children’s section in the store

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I think I would have a story nearly every day for you! But the thing that will always stick in my mind is how Wynnum people can really rally for a good cause or to support a worthwhile endeavour. Wynnum has soul and I think that’s a rare thing for a city suburb these days.

You really need a bit of time, or many visits to take in all the items

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

Oh, a cinema of course! And I would LOVE to see some of those empty shops turned into pop-up stores for start-up businesses.

Leonie, the store owner


Any link to a website that you would like to share?
www.thecollectivestore.com.au is currently being upgraded and a shiny new online store will be launching very soon!

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
Christopher Richards is a local guy who does wonderful things engaging youth in the area. He’s one of those people who is always at the ready to lend a hand, he’s helped out with many community events that I’ve been part of and he’s a real asset to Wynnum.

Gorgeous items everywhere!





#20 – Quandamooka Festival

July 29, 2017

This week we reflect on the Quandamooka Festival, that was held last Saturday.  It was fantastic to see so many people out enjoying the festival stalls and performances.



There was a great crowd watching the talented performers.





#19 – Wilson and the horseman on the hill

21 July, 2017

This week we meet this trio: Wilson, Sally and Norm.  I have spotted them around the area for a while now, whether stretching their legs on the parkland across from Iona in the early hours of the morning, or along the waterfront on a Sunday morning.  It was a rainy Sunday morning when we caught up, but that didn’t stop them enjoying getting out and about.

The rain was coming down!

Setting up for the day, and there’s Wilson!

What brought you to the area?
We needed a place to live after we were married, 1972.

Heading along the waterfront

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
 It’s always good to stop and have a chat. One that comes to mind is when I  stopped and chatted with Old Bill, on Kianawah Road, who worked with a team of 16 draught horses when working out west building bore drains in the 1950’s.

People are attracted to the trio!

What would you love to see in Wynnum?
It’s pretty good as it is.  I did think many years ago, if some land could be reclaimed, from the Wynnum Creek wall to the south, it would be a great parkland for families to use.

Any link to a website that you would like to share?
Our facebook page

Heading through Wynnum Central

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
Old Bill mentioned above or the Greenhill family would have some stories about the fish markets / industry.

See you out there Wilson, Sally and Norm!

#18 – Laneway Movies

14th July, 2017

Last night saw the first laneway movie night in Wynnum, organised by volunteers for the What’s on in Wynnum Manly group.  To have an event put on in our area, supported by local businesses, of this calibre was a credit to the dedication of the volunteers, as well as inspiring!  I have heard people say, why doesn’t Wynnum have (fill in the blank). These people, just like you and I are doing something about it!

There were 2 cinemas setup up, one showing When Harry met Sally and the second showing The Matrix.


Setup began early for the volunteers


Supported by the council

Sign on for the volunteers


Chief bean bag tester

Setting up lights to show directions


The volunteers did a fantastic job!

Some of the local shops got involved, stocking popcorn for people to pick up prior to the movies.

Ready for showtime 

Pays to arrive early for the comfy seats

Ready for people to arrive


People brought their food, snacks and blankets ready to sit back and relax

Show time!


#17 – Shire Clerk’s Cottage

7th July 2017

This week we are looking at a place in our beautiful neck of the woods, the Shire Clerk’s Cottage.  Tucked away on Tingal Rd, next to the Waterloo Bay 50 and over Club, this cute cottage sits surrounded by lawn and trees.

I have a friend who was married in an afternoon ceremony here, and it was a lovely venue on the grass in front of the building.

This site is not about recording the history of a particular place, you can read more about the restoration at the Waterloo Bay 50 and over Club website and this weeks post is mostly pictures.

Lovely area around the property


Cast iron balustrades and trim feature prominently with the cottage.

The Waterloo Bay over 50’s restored the cottage

Find the right angle to not be in the shot! 

#16 – John McIntyre

30 June 2017

This week we meet one of my favourite people to see down the waterfront.   Each time I see John running towards me, hand up, saying hello to those coming towards him, I smile widely and feel great for some time.

Around 18 months ago, I saw John in the local Coles, and I walked up and introduced myself, saying that I saw him running down at the waterfront.  We chatted for a while and went on our way.  Since that day, I am greeted with my name as we pass each other, and stop and chat if we aren’t running.

John let know me that he has parkinsons, and a little over 3 years ago he had an implant put into his chest, with 2 electrodes going into his brain to assist with his tremors, which thankfully it has.

I find John to be such an inspiration, getting out there and putting in solid k’s a few times a week, as well as weights on the other days.  I hope I am half as fit and happy in life when I near the 70’ish years as John is, heck I wish I was a fit as him now!

John is out, as the sun is starting to light the waterfront

What brought you to the area?
I grew up in the Indooroopilly area and finished my work with Main Roads as a draftsman in Gympie.  When I retired I wanted to live somewhere that was close to the shops and transport.  Being close to the sea also helps to moderate the temperature.


Coming around Darling Point

Showing the implant that is helping with his Parkinsons

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
On new years day a couple of years back, I went for an early morning run down to Lota and back.  Some young people had a new year’s eve party and were waiting for the sunrise, when they saw me coming they formed a tunnel, with their arms up, for me to run through.  I thought I may have been drenched by beer, but they were great and were just cheering and giving encouragement.


John does some exercises and stretches after his run

What would you love to see in Wynnum?
Nothing more, everything that I want is here.


Air Time!

Any link to a website that you would like to share?
Not really, I have a computer, but I am not on the internet.


Such a great character

People were constantly saying hi to John


Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
 Nothing comes to mind at the moment, but I will let you know.


 See you out there John!


#15 – Wynnum Glee Club

23 June 2017

This week we meet the ‘gleeks’ from the Wynnum Glee Club, who are a crew of lovely people who get together once a week at the Wynnum Community Hall and belt out song tunes.  The gleeks were a fun bunch to chat with and take photos, and you can see that Kerrie is providing an environment that is supportive and such great fun!

Kerrie and her husband Kevin have been involved in the music game for quite some time, and have played with some great singers and musicians.  The concept of Adult Glee Club comes from Sandra Lie ” All Age Music” Sydney and there are currently 7 In Australia.

Going through the warm up

As bad a singer as I am, the group singing had me having to stop myself from singing as I pottered about the hall taking photos.  It was great to see the experience come through and encouraging the gleeks.

I know a couple of the ladies that were singing tonight, and you could really see the joy in their faces as they sang.  A couple of lines that they said “We’re just a rabble that like to sing!” and “The energy Kerrie brings to the group is something I can feel. She has genuine enthusiasm. And you don’t need to be a great talent, you just have to want to have fun”
Lots of movement and direction


You could feel the singing through the floor boards!


What brought you to the area?

I moved over from the North side with my family in 2006 as my husband was the Performing Arts Manager at Iona College.
 Constant smiling!


Fantastic bunch of people!


Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I am extremely passionate about passing on what I know about Singing & have developed a strong camaraderie with The Wynnum Glee Club (Singers)…

We were down in numbers last night. But everyone gives 100% And that’s what I do my best to achieve.



The gleeks were in fine form!


What would you love to see in Wynnum?


I’d like to see More Community Spirit of which you showed a great example last night.



Kerrie’s enthusiasm for singing is infectious!


Any link to a website that you would like to share?


Our new term starts in a couple of weeks.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1068589606608545/


Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
Anyone really.


Thank you and good night!

#14 – Colin Hazel

16 June 2017

This week we meet Colin Hazel, a local of the area for 70’ish years.  I had a delightful couple of hours spending time with Colin, his granddaughter Dani, and his great grandchildren Sarah and Henry.

I need to get this out of the way early in this post,  I was very intimidated by the practical skills that Colin has.  He built his greenhouse from plumber’s conduit, has been an engineer his whole career, and I am pretty sure if I challenged him, he could weave chicken wire from a drum of 18 gauge wire.

I will go off script for this post, as I usually ask the subject of the post, the same 5 questions and answers each week for consistency, but I add a small insight at the top of the post from my chats with the person.  Well, there was so much great material coming from Colin, I needed to stop taking notes, and asked if he could send me some things.

Grab yourself a coffee, or your tipple of choice and enjoy Colin’s story in Wynnum!

Colin has some beautiful orchards

I was born in Wynnum as were my parents, most of my children, most of my grandchildren and all of my great grandchildren. I used to think that Wynnum was the aborigine name for the fruit of the pandanus palm but according to the internet it is the aborigine name for the pandanus palm itself. Either way, Wynnum was an important part of aborigine life.

Oh, and it was built from scratch! 

My paternal great grandfather, Thomas Cloherty, came out to Australia from Ireland in 1875 as a master mariner and joined the pilot service for Moreton Bay. He was the first member of that pilot service to be appointed to the position of Harbour Master for the Port of Brisbane.

My paternal grandmother was born on Moreton Island (actually she was born in a dingy that was taking her to a boat which was to take her to a hospital in Brisbane for the birth) and when she married my grandfather they moved to a house in Tingal Road just opposite the Wynnum Central railway station where my father was born and lived all of his life until he married my mother. He was present when the foundation stone for Nazareth House was laid in 1924.

tools of the trade

My maternal grandfather, David Jamieson, was born in Brisbane and moved to Wynnum when he married my grandmother. He lived all of his married life in, what is now called Granada Street in Wynnum North. (This street was originally called Florence Street after my grandmother but was later changed to avoid confusion with the present Florence Street.) He was a member of the last council that existed in Wynnum before it was amalgamated with the larger Brisbane Council. I have a copy of an invitation from the Mayor of Brisbane, Alderman Maurice J. Barry, inviting him to the laying of the foundation stone of the first block in the new hospital in the grounds of the Brisbane Hospital in Bowen Bridge Road on the 7th August 1925.

It was cathartic to watch the leatherwork

During the years of the Second World War my uncle used to walk along the waterfront at Wynnum with a piece of timber over his shoulder so that it looked like a rifle to any Japanese boats in the Bay. I have a vague recollection of doing air-raid shelter drill during my first year at school.

I was born in Wynnum and lived all of my pre-married life in Berrima Street.

Henry was so engaged in the process and got involved

I attended Guardian Angels School for my primary education and went on to St. Joseph’s College Nudgee for my secondary education. Apart from the academic input the nuns at Guardian Angel’s School taught me basket weaving and leatherwork; a hobby which I still pursue 64 years later.

They were so much fun on the shoot! And the best out takes!


My parents were married in Guardian Angels Church in 1936 as were my wife and I in 1963.

Many changes have occurred around Wynnum since my youth.

So many different applications for leather wor, glasses cases, coin purses

There was much more sand along the waterfront. (It was brown in colour; we used to call it golden sand.) In fact there was so much sand that the Courier Mail and Sunday Mail used to have sand garden competitions and my mother used to get involved in these when she was a teenager.

The detail in the work is incredible!

There were two wooden jetties protruding out into the Bay. One was on the site of the present stone wall near the wading pool and was the same length as the present wall. The other was the same length and was located on the northern side of Wynnum Creek. Both of these jetties had swimming enclosures on the end; complete with diving boards and walkways around the swimming enclosure but well above the tide level. These swimming enclosures had change boxes in them and were enclosed by vertical wooden batons which were in turn wrapped with submarine netting to keep the sharks out. These swimming enclosures were very well used.

Master and the apprentice

There were also change boxes on the waterfront for tourists visiting the area who wanted to go swimming; one at the bottom of Bride Street which was open to the general public, and a smaller one at the bottom of Pine Street which was used by the nuns from Mt. Carmel Convent. These change boxes jutted out from the shore and had steps to allow people to walk down into the water.


The Wading Pool, which was built in 1932, had a wooden slippery slide at the opposite end from the present slippery slide. I remember that during one cyclone the tidal surge was such that a boat floated into our yard in Berrima and I was able to paddle my canoe along the road on the esplanade. The water level was about half a metre above the walls of the wading pool and all that could be seen was the top of the slippery slide.

Incredible pieces, the detailing process amazed me (as well as all the other processes)

My brothers and I used to pump for yabbies on the Wynnum North flats and then wade out to waist deep on the flats and catch whiting and bream. At this time this general area was called Black’s Camp. My father used to get large mud crabs from Crab Creek using a long hook. I took my wife with us one day on such a crabbing trip before we were married so that no matter what happened during our married life she could always look back and remember that there was something worse.


In the 1960’s Hayles ran two boats, the Mirabel and the Megeera, on daily return trips to North Stradbroke Island, berthing at Dunwich and Amity Point. These daily pleasure trips were also well used by the locals. The boats left from the wharf near Manly Baths.


The area also had three cinemas; the “Imperial” on the corner of the Wynnum Esplanade and Florence Street, the “Star” on Florence Street on the site of Coles and the “Strand” at Manly. The Star theatre burned down in 1959. The Star was owned and operated by Sammy Green.


Sammy Green’s sisters, the misses Green started and ran Moreton Bay Girls College which then was located on Bay terrace.

Old and new bible covers

The Gordon Club in Florence Street, located on the present site of the General Gordon kindergarten, was an athletics club and the home training site for many Boxing and wrestling champions of Queensland and Australia. My father trained there and was Welterweight wrestling champion of Queensland for 8 years. He wrestled against Dick Gerard to see who would represent Australia at the 1948 Olympic Games. Gerard won and went on to win the silver medal.


In 1951, during his world rosary crusade, Fr. Patrick Peyton visited Australia. (He was the one who initiated the saying “the family that prays together stays together”). I have a photograph of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima being carried on the back of my father’s utility along Bay Terrace.


I remember when Wynnum was sewered in 1964 during Clem Jones term as Mayor of Brisbane. I have a slide of the installation of sheet steel piling that was put across Wynnum Creek at the bridge to lay the sewerage pipeline.

Test piece with greatgrandson

When at Nudgee College I was the Junior Gymnastics Champion and played in the 1st fifteen rugby team for two years. I was also selected in the all GPS Rugby team for each of those two years. In 1959, the centenary of our statehood, there were celebrations throughout the state including an athletics carnival in Wynnum. I won the under 18 and open javelin and discus and came second in the under 18 shot put and third in the open shot put.


After completing my secondary education I studied Civil Engineering at Queensland University which was at that time in the process of relocating from the Domain to St. Lucia. I graduated in 1963 and worked my entire professional career with the Queensland Water Resources Commission or one of its many names over the following decades. During my professional years I became acknowledged as a world expert in groundwater and I still conduct training courses for groundwater practitioners.

really some amazing pieces

Immediately after graduating I married Sandra, my wife of 51 years who sadly died in 2014.


Sandra came to Wynnum when she was 6 years old and attended Guardian Angels Primary School. She was the first pupil enrolled in Mt. Carmel College where she completed her secondary education to Junior level.


Sandra, and I to a lesser extent, was heavily involved with Iona College. She worked with the founding priests, Father Tim Long and Father Denis McCarthy, during1957, the year before the School opened for pupils, and continued to work with the College in a number of capacities for the rest of her life. I coached the first ever football team at Iona in 1959.


Her father directed the first Iona Passion Play in 1958 and continued to direct it for a number of years after. The start of the first Passion Play at Iona College was delayed for two hours because there was such a long queue of cars wanting to get in to see the performance. (Sandra’s father was also instrumental in starting the Spring Parades in Wynnum.) Sandra did all of the makeup for the players in the Passion Play for the first five years. She was fifteen when she started this makeup.

amazing ration cards from the war

All of our 4 boys attended Iona College and Sandra was heavily involved with all aspects of the College. She was involved with the P & F; president of the Mothers Committee for 2 years; she helped students who were having difficulty with reading; helped organise and run Festivals of Arts; she helped with some social aspects of religious education. She was asked to assist with religious education, first as a wages employee and then on staff as Assistant Religious Education Coordinator. Over the years she was appointed Religious Education Coordinator and finally Dean of Faith; a position that she held until her retirement in 2008. She continued to help organise the liturgies for the Iona Chapel until her death in 2014. Her work at Iona was such that in 2012 she given the honour of being made an Honorary Oblate, only the third layperson in Australia to receive that honour in the previous 100years.


Sandra was also one of the people involved in starting Rosies in Queensland. Initially they started Rosies to look after the kids at Schoolies week and then extended that to the homeless. Sandra got a bus licence so that she could take kids to their homes at night and keep out of danger. She was heavily involved in training the young helpers in Rosies. Her involvement was such that, just before her death, the board of directors of Rosies named its fund raising arm the “Sandra Hazel Pledge Fund” so that her involvement would live on long after her death.


Apart from a few short years when I was sent to Longreach to look after the water resources in western Queensland, I have lived in Wynnum all of my life. I have travelled extensively and I can think of no place on earth that I would rather live.

finished  apprentice lesson