events - See Events page for future reunions
the arrangements for
the Brisbane BI Revival in October are now complete: the reunion will
be held for three days over the weekend of October 12-14, based at the
Hilton Hotel. The location on Queen Street Mall in the heart of the
city offers an array of shopping, restaurants, bars and coffeee shops,
as well as additional accommodation in other hotels. The Hilton is close
to Central Station, Myer underground bus station and the river ferries
- all are within walking distance.
The Hilton occupies
17 floors of the Wintergarden Centre and has all the usual hotel facilities.
In the lower floors of the centre are many shops and a food court, plus
theme bars including the Britannia Inn, Mulligans - an Irish bar - and
the Prince Edward bar. In view of its name and emblem. the Britannia
Inn might, it is hoped, be encouraged to make some special arrangements
for the weekend.
The functions listed here will be the only organised events. All will
be as casual as possible, Queensland style.
Oct 12: Welcome barbecue
in the Tropicana area next to the swimming pool at about 1830
Oct 13: Luncheon river cruise on board one of the River
Queen vessels (right).
A choice of two menus will be available and the vessel has bars. If
enough people book this event, the party will have exclusive use of
Oct 14: Sunday curry lunch at the Tastes of India restaurant
on the boardwalk at Southbank. The BI party will have exclusive use
of the restaurant. (Alternative choice for those who do not want curry).
Taste of India is
next door to the Maritime Museum which has information about the Quetta
sinking in 1890. It is also the home of the the coal-burning tug Forceful
(pictured below), whose funnel is very similar to BI's. The tug was
orginally registered in Australia by W A Mackay and D J Mackay representing
the Inchcape group. Reunion organiser Pat
Pattenden is arranging short cruises on the vessel on the Sunday
for all those who would
like a nostalgia trip.
For anyone wanting
to extend their stay, many hundreds of attractions and sights are
in the area. The Sunshine Coast is 75 mins and the Gold Coast 60 mins
away - both connected by motorway and trains. Pat recommends extensions
are taken following the BI weekend as a major event in the week beforehand
means hotels will be crowded.
Kenyon (ex BI) of Remi Kenyon Travel in Auckland, NZ is assisting
with travel arrangements for the Brisbane reunion. You can contact Mark
for more information about the Brisbane reunion and to enquire about
travel and accommodation via these pages.
To request more
reunion information, make a booking for the reunion weekend or ask for
travel advice simply complete the online enquiry form. Mark Kenyon will
respond quickly to all enquiries.