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  • HS1 Ashgrove Titles Map 1875

    1875 Map showing first freehold blocks 26 - 29.

  • HS2 Ashgrove State School 1890

    First Ashgrove school - 1890.

  • HS3 St Johns Wood House ca 1930

    'St John's Wood House' or 'Granite House' c.a. 1930.

  • HS4 Glenlyon House and Billiards Room

    Glenlyon House and Billiards Room - built 1876.

  • HS5 Tram on Waterworks Rd 1924

    Tram on Waterworks Road 1924.

  • HS6 James Brunton Stephens 1902

    James Brunton Stephens, 1902 - celebrated poet and head teacher at Ashgrove State  School in 1877.

  • HS7 Federal to Grove Estate Horse Bus

    William Marshall and passengers in the horse bus, corner of Three Mile Scrub Road (Ashgrove Avenue) and Dorset Street.  Source: Eunice Adame.

  • HS8 Trout Family Federation Celebration 1901

    Trout family "federation reunion", perhaps at Richard Trout's home ‘Cumstree’, corner of  Dalton Street and Waterworks Road.  1901.
    Image source: Alan Trout.

  • HS9 WWII soldiers Embassy Hall St Johns Wood

    WWII soldiers  c.1945 outside Embassy Hall in Royal Parade in St Johns Wood. Part of 2/1 Australian Chemical Warfare Laboratory contingent.

  • HS10 BP Garage Stewart Rd 1974

    Old BP garage, Stewart Road near old bridge, Jan 1974 flood.

James Brunton Stephens, 1902

Photo of James Brunton Stephens, 1902 sitting in whicker chair in garden.

James Brunton Stephens, 1902 - celebrated poet and head teacher at Ashgrove State  School in 1877. (AHS archive no. -  513)

'James Brunton Stephens (1835-1902), poet, novelist, critic, schoolteacher and public servant, was born on 17 June 1835 at Bo'ness near Edinburgh, son of John Stephens, schoolmaster, and his wife Jane, née Brunton.

On 28 December 1865 for obscure reasons Stephens migrated to Queensland in the Flying Cloud, which reached Moreton Bay on 28 April 1866. He taught French briefly at Tollerton House Academy, and then became a tutor with the Barker family of Tamrookum station on the Logan River. Though he admired the scenery, Stephens found bush life monotonous and the conversation boring; thrown on his inner resources, he turned to verse and composed his best-known poem, Convict Once (London, 1871).'

Excerpts from Australian Dictionary of Biography -