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More historical Toowoomba newspapers now available via Trove

Over sixteen years of editions of Toowoomba Chronicle newspapers were recently added to Trove newspapers, an extensive collection of digitised historical Australian newspapers. This addition was made possible through a collaboration between State Library of Queensland and National Library of Australia. The new titles are: Toowoomba Chronicle (1917-1922) Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs Gazette (1922-1933) … Read more

Wish You Were Here – Vintage Postcards of Toowoomba

Horses and carriages in Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. Undated. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 4831-0005-0021

Today’s tour of turn-of-the-20th-century Toowoomba is brought to you by digitised postcards from our collection, while the commentary is provided by Darling Downs, Queensland, the garden of Australia, a book produced by the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau in 1908. So make yourself comfortable and get ready to discover “the garden of Australia”. Let the tour … Read more

How to crown a Queen

Toowoomba Floral Festival girls from Centaur Floral Festival - Mardi Gras souvenir program

In this episode of “The Centaur Fund Series”, Madonna Grehan, guest blogger and John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015, sheds light on Toowoomba’s first Queen of the Carnival of Flowers. On Saturday evening 28 October 1950, a reported crowd of 40,000 people assembled at the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Streets, eagerly anticipating the crowning … Read more

100th anniversary – March of the Dungarees

"The pioneers of the Dungaree contingent who left Warwick last week for Brisbane". John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

November 16, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the March of the Dungarees, a recruitment march that started in Warwick and continued through Allora, Clifton, Greenmount, Cambooya, Toowoomba, Helidon, Gatton, Laidley, Rosewood, Ipswich, eventually finishing in Brisbane. As they passed through each town the number of recruits grew, starting with 28 men and finishing with 125 … Read more

Preserving our Heritage: Metals, Textiles, Photographs

Workshop participants at the Cultural Heritage Network seminar in Toowoomba. Photo by Karen Barrett, October 2015

Guest Blogger: Karen Barrett for Cultural Heritage Network – Toowoomba Region Do you collect memorabilia?  Maybe you have a collection of 1970’s clothes you loan to friends?  If so, then you would have been among like-minded people at the Cultural Heritage Network – Toowoomba Region’s 2015 seminar held on Saturday and Sunday 24-25 October. Preserving … Read more