Images from Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers, 2002

Toowoomba’s annual Carnival of Flowers has been delighting crowds since its inception in 1949. In 2002, State Library photographer Reina Irmer captured a series of 58 photographs from this event including images of flower beds in Queens Park and the decorated floats in the parade.

Garden beds filled with pastel shaded flowers rambling through Queens Park, Toowoomba, 2002. From 9955 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photographs Sep 2002. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image twb00055

Garden beds filled with pastel shaded flowers rambling through Queens Park, Toowoomba, 2002. From 9955 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photographs Sep 2002. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image twb00055

According to the Courier-Mail an estimated 55,000 people attended the street parade on 21 September that year. The parade featured 47 decorated floats, 14 community groups and 18 marching bands.

You can view this collection of images from the 2002 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers via our One Search catalogue.

Decorated float in the Carnival of Flowers parade in Toowoomba, 2002. From 9955 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photographs Sep 2002. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image twb00005

Decorated float in the Carnival of Flowers parade in Toowoomba, 2002. From 9955 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photographs Sep 2002. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image twb00005

Decorated pram participating in the Carnival of Flowers parade, Toowoomba, 2002. From 9955 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photographs Sep 2002. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image twb00049

Decorated pram participating in the Carnival of Flowers parade, Toowoomba, 2002. From 9955 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photographs Sep 2002. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image twb00049

Decorated float in the Carnival of Flowers parade in Toowoomba, 2002. From 9955 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photographs Sep 2002. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image twb00006

Decorated float in the Carnival of Flowers parade in Toowoomba, 2002. From 9955 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photographs Sep 2002. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image twb00006

Myles Sinnamon – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland