Toowong District Historical Society

The Toowong and District Historical Society Inc. researches, collects and records the history of the suburbs of Toowong, Milton and Auchenflower, and also part of Mt Coot-tha. These suburbs were formerly administered by the former Shire of Toowong, which was created on 20 May 1880.

Our Society would also like to acknowledge the local indigenous people who lived in this area before white settlement and provided our suburb with its name.

If you have anything to share about these areas (e.g. photos, stories, family histories), we would love to hear from you.

The Toowong and District Historical Society Inc. meets monthly on the fourth Friday of the month from January to November.

Monthly meetings feature a guest speaker on topics of historical interest and have included family histories, guest speakers from various historical institutions, book talks by published historians, biographies, the history of other areas, local community organisations, schools and churches, and a wide variety of other topics.

Everyone is welcome to stay and enjoy the morning tea which follows the presentation.

A Members’ Meet and Greet is held three times a year. Members and guests are invited to provide short presentations upon a chosen theme including aspects of their personal family history, local area reminiscences, or other aspects of historical interest.

All are welcome!

Where : Toowong Library, top floor, Toowong Village.

When: Fourth Friday of the month (except December) from 9.30 a.m.-12 noon

Please stay and join us afterwards for morning tea.

For inquiries, RSVP and apologies please contact the TDHS secretary:

Telephone or leave a message: Mob: 0401 180 092  or Email:

Please note that Toowong Village management has introduced Village Parking Arrangements where, after free period, conditions apply where parking cost would be incurred. If you plan to attend our meeting you may like to consider the hyper-linked information or alternative transport options.


Looking towards High Street from the former Toowong Post Office next to the High Street road overpass bridge

Let’s meet at the Village presented by Bruce Sinclair

This is what Mrs Fraser East would suggest when she phoned family and friends to suggest a catch-up at Toowong.

After arriving by taxi, she and the other ladies would do their grocery shopping together.

They would visit Miss Pears at the haberdash-ery, go to the local butchers, and check out Mrs Scholtz’s fruit shop (she called all and sundry “Dearie”).

A visit to Mr Cocks, the grocers, was a must!
He would sit customers at the long counter be-fore giving children a boiled sweet out of his famous bottle (the highlight of their day) before fetching the items ordered and placing them into a paper bag.

Favourite meeting place was “under the tree”, a reference to the old fig-tree which had stood forever in the middle of the roundabout on the corner of High Street and Sherwood Road.

When: Fri July 27 09:30 - 12:00
Where: Toowong Library, Top Floor , Toowong Village

Escape into the past with a history walk around Toowong’s business area

Join members of the Toowong and District Historical Society Inc. on a history walk around High and Jephson Streets and Sherwood Road.

These streets bounded what became Toowong’s business district after the railway line was built from the mid-to-late 1870s.

When: 9.45am for a 10.00 am start, Sunday, 5th August, 2018.

Where: Meet at the Toowong Post Office Business Centre at 9.30am.

Length: Approximately 1½ hours.

What: The area to be walked is relatively flat, so would suit anyone with an moderate level of fitness.

Wear: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, bring water, and perhaps a small snack to be eaten while walking.

Book Stall: Publications on the history of Toowong will be available for sale.

Depending upon numbers the group may be split into smaller ones

As Toowong has a number of eateries and licensed premises, participants may wish to visit one of these afterwards for refreshments and lunch.

When: Sun August 5 09:45 - 11:30
Where: Toowong Post Office Business Centre

Who am I?: My Story Presented by Members of the TDHS

Join our members on August 24th when our members will provide short presentations to share stories of a significant time in their lives that helped to define who they are.

Come along and get to know more about the people who sit in the audience at our monthly meetings.

The presentations may tell us how our members earned their living; of where they or their family once lived in Toowong; of their involvement with a community organization, school or church; or share the story of how they became involved in a project which assisted the community, such as Meals on Wheels or Communify; or to reminisce about a family member who is remembered as a Toowong identify.

The TDHS’s AGM will precede the presentations
Please stay and join us afterwards for morning tea.

When: Fri August 24 09:30 - 12:00
Where: Toowong Library, Top Floor , Toowong Village

Download Meeting Flyer July 2018

Download History Walk Flyer

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