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Festival Speakers Program


Welcome to Country -

Steven Coghill

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Respected Yuggera Elder, Uncle Steve Coghill, will perform a Welcome to Country.


A Peak into the The House Detective case files for Paddington - Marianne Taylor

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Marianne Taylor is “The House Detective”, an architectural historian who specialises in investigating the history of houses. From grand mansions to humble cottages, she loves unravelling their secrets and believes every house has a fascinating tale just waiting to be told. When was it built? Who built it? Who has lived there? Are there any old photos of it? Did it have a name? Marianne tries to answer these questions and many more, by becoming a detective: she visits archives, searches the internet, examines the house itself and chases down leads.


Forrester Hall and Local Business Memories

- Andrew Degn


From a young boy selling Finches at Foresters Hall to a third-generation real estate expert, Andrew Degn possesses an unparalleled understanding of Brisbane's inner-western suburbs. Growing up around Paddington, his future influence in the property market was destined to revitalise the local community, following the footsteps of his respected grandfather and father. With almost thirty years of experience, Andrew's caring approach ensures the best possible sales results for his clients. As the award-winning Place principal and licensed auctioneer, he not only sells properties but also injects confidence into the community, inspiring positive change in the area. Known as #theplacemaker, Andrew capitalises on the area's assets and potential, creating quality communities that contribute to people's happiness and the suburbs' evolution. His multi-generational real estate pedigree, refined from selling Finches as a young boy to becoming a prominent figure in the industry, has honed his practices, making him a trusted professional who delivers outstanding outcomes without compromise. Andrew Degn - a driving force behind the transformation and resurgence of Paddington and Brisbane's inner west. Paddington Festival Silver Sponsor


Christchurch Milton 150th Anniversary & North Brisbane Burial Grounds

- Dr Hilda Maclean

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Dr Hilda Maclean is a professional historian, genealogist, and archival researcher with over twenty years’ experience researching north and central Queensland family and pastoral histories. She conducts genealogical and historical research including Indigenous/Chinese families of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland while completing her PhD in colonial era burial practices. Hilda regularly presents workshops on genealogical and archival research methodology and has presented at international conferences on allied topics. She is the Local Studies Specialist with the Logan City Council. She gained her PhD from the University of Queensland and holds a Diploma in Family History Studies, in addition to other qualifications. Hilda is past president of the Friends of Toowong Cemetery Association and is a life member of the Queensland Women's Historical Association, the Association of Gravestone Studies, and the Queensland Family History Society.


Choir - Going for a Song Performance


Going for a Song is a non-audition, community choir open to all who enjoy the experience of singing


State MP for Cooper Address - Jonty Bush


Jonty began her career in human resources on the Sunshine Coast, Following the homicides of her sister and father, Jonty changed careers and joined the Queensland Homicide Victim Support Group (QHVSG), initially as a family support coordinator in 2004. She was appointed as Chief Executive Officer to the QHVSG in 2007, and awarded the Young Australian of the Year in 2009 recognising her work in advocacy for victims of crime in Queensland. In 2010 Jonty accepted a role in the public service with the Department of Justice and Attorney General, and additionally was selected as a Council Member in Queensland's inaugural Sentencing Advisory Council. Until elected to the seat of Cooper in 2020 Jonty remained with the department enjoying a variety of roles including the Director of the Office of the Public Guardian and Director of the Strategic Support Office.


Welcome Address to Paddington Festival -

Cr Clare Jenkinson


Clare has lived in the inner west of Brisbane for over 40 years. She has volunteered in the community for schools and groups as well as fundraising and events. Her first ever job was helping to make the afternoon tea at Bardon Bowls Club when she was just eight years old. Clare is a community-minded professional and prior to becoming a Councillor, was a community marketing and communications manager for major companies in Brisbane, Sydney and Singapore. She is a jack of all trades who is not afraid to get her hands dirty to get the job done. Clare knows that the Paddington Ward is a unique part of Brisbane - it is a historic, vibrant, eclectic part of Brisbane, which is full of beauty. She will use her skills to: - help local businesses prosper by supporting them and encouraging festivals and events - provide families with great parks and facilities - support local schools, sports and community groups - support all members of our community to enjoy our City and foster an inclusive community. Clare is the Deputy Chair of Infrastructure Committee and is a member of the City Planning and Suburban Committee.


The Poor of Paddington - 

Dr Thom Blake

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Prominent Local Historian and well-respected Author


The Paddo Boys 2.0

- Peter Coman


Peter Coman was born in Toowoomba in Queensland but was raised in the inner Brisbane suburb of Paddington from an early age. He recalls his experiences growing up there in his first book The Paddo Boys – A Baby Boomer’s Journey Through The Seventies. He is a retired Quality Manager and apart from writing and reading, enjoys travelling, the beach, renovating his Queenslander house and spending time with family and friends. He is married to Patrice and has three adult children and six grandchildren. He still resides in the Red Hill/Paddington area.


History of 144 Latrobe, Paddington QLD

- Caylie Jeffery

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Caylie Jeffery is a long term Paddington/Milton resident, having lived on Ellena St, Heussler Tce and now, in a character cottage on Latrobe Tce, since 1992. She works as writer and educator at the Qld Writers’ Centre and loves Brisbane history, especially that of the inner city suburbs... some of the oldest settled areas in the state. Caylie authored the award-winning book Under the Lino. She regularly speaks to community groups about the value of writing down life stories to leave a legacy for the community, starting with family members. She wants everyone to sit with their elders, to ask them questions, to listen to their stories, to pore through their albums and to record their conversations!


Ithaca War Memorial & Military Times in Ithaca - Kieran McCarthy


Kieran McCarthy has lived with his wife Kristin Devitt in the Paddington/Red Hill area since they married in 1995. Kieran is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and partner of Naughton McCarthy Family Lawyers, a nationally recognized family law practice. He also sits on several not-for-profit boards. Kieran is a keen amateur historian and experienced battlefield guide and has led eight pilgrimages to the old front lines of France, Belgium, Holland and Italy since 2009. He is a regular speaker on the club dinner circuit, and one of the co-authors of the book “In Freedom’s Cause – the Queensland Legal Profession and The Great War”.

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