Contact Person: Patrick O’Shea
Email Address: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 0415 301 761
Postal Address: Chermside & Districts Historical Society Inc. PO Box 416. Chermside South 4032.


The Chermside & Districts Historical Society Inc. focuses upon the history bounded within the former
Kedron Shire (1925). The old Kedron Shire Council which includes 18 suburbs from Bridgeman
Downs in the west to Boondall in the east, from Bald Hills in the north to Kedron in the south. The
Society meets in the old Chermside State School building, which was relocated into the Chermside
Historical Precinct (61 Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside). The Precinct joins into the 7th Brigade Park,
commemorating an important Australian military encampment during the Pacific War (1941-1945),
World War II. The Society is very active in a range of activities, and has been notably productive in
preservation work. There have been past members very skilled in history management. Brian Tilley
was an administrator in Volunteering Queensland Inc. Terry Hampson had a prolific career as State
Secretary of the Australian Labor Party (1988 -1991), a Policy Adviser to the Minister for
Environment and Heritage (Molly Robson, 1991 -1994), and Councillor for the Marchant Ward in the
Brisbane City Council (1994 -2004). Beverley Isdale is the Society’s archivist, a former librarian at the
Brisbane City Council’s library service and a graduate from the Centre of Local and Applied Family
History at the University of New England. A noted historian associated with the Society is Dr Jack
Ford, a World War II and Brisbane heritage specialist.


Isdale, Beverley. All Blessings Flow. An account of the Hamiltons of Chermside. CDHS. 2001 [Out of
Print; Online Version –]

O’Shea, Patrick. St Flannan’s Zillmere. The Story of the People of St Flannan’s Zillmere: “not a place
where but a people who”. CDHS. 2003 [Online Version –]

O’Shea, Patrick. History of All Saints' Anglican Church, Chermside. All Saints’ Parish, Chermside.
2004. [Online Version –]

O’Shea, Patrick. History of Chermside State School. A short History of Chermside State School No
929. CDHS. 2005. [PDF Sample –]

O’Shea, Patrick. History of Chermside and District. History of Chermside and District from 40,000
BP to 2008 CE. CDHS. 2008. [Online Version –]