Cooneana Heritage Centre, 1041 Redbank Plains Road New Chum

Ipswich Historical Society has pleasure in inviting visitors to a talk by Ken Grubb, Hugh Taylor, John Rossiter, Lawson Rennie and David Trezise on two very early Ipswich industrial developments: Town Marie, the Bremer Mills and the pioneers who created them.

Town Marie was a self-contained area begun in 1848 by Richard Joseph Smith. People lived, worked and died there. Babies were born and christened in the chapel.

The Bremer Mills were constructed by Joseph Fleming in 1851 on the opposite side of the Bremer River to Town Marie. Industries in both centres give a great insight into life in the mid to late 1800s in what was the developing town of Ipswich. Joseph Fleming also quarried rock for buildings in Brisbane and Ipswich. His vault has recently been uncovered in Ipswich Cemetery. Lawson Rennie will be speaking about the archaeological dig.

Not much trace of either industrial site remains, but their speakers will take you back in time to see how they came about and why they have disappeared.