The Toowong and District Historical Society encompasses the area of the original Toowong Town Council, namely, Toowong, Milton, Auchenflower and parts of Mt Coot-tha. If you have anything to share about these areas (eg photos, stories, family histories), we would love to hear from you.

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George_Rogers_Harding_thumbThe photograph on the left features George Rogers Harding IV, son of Judge Harding, standing outside a flooded house, presumably, although not necessarily, located in Brisbane’s inner western suburbs.

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A family history researcher has contacted our Society to request assistance with identifying the house and address and also asks for information about which flood it could be. It is before 1941.

Are you able to assist with information about the photo? If so, please contact the Society.

Congratulations to Melva


Melva A Welch OAM received a Special Mention Award at the Queensland Family History Book Awards presentation on June 11th at the Society’s AGM for her local municipal history book, Cradle to Grave – Toowong Council.

The book is a cameo record of the elected and appointed men who served Toowong’s local government from its 1880 formation until 1925 when the area became part of the Brisbane City Council under the Greater Brisbane Act.

Melva compiled Cradle to Grave – Toowong Council for the Toowong and District Historical Society and it was published in February, 2013. Many of the councillors’ descendents attended the book launch, which was hosted by the BCC Toowong Library. The book was launched by Denver Beanland, former local and then state government representative, as well as former Deputy Mayor of the City of Brisbane and former Queensland Attorney General.

After the formalities were completed, a large framed photograph of the Toowong Town Council 1915-16 was presented to the BCC Archives to be hung in Toowong BCC Library. Cr Peter Matic accepted the photograph on behalf of the BCC Archives.

The Queensland Family History Book Award Co-ordinator described the book as “a fine book with excellent presentation and an excellent index”.

President Paul Meyers said, “The Society is delighted that Melva’s scholarship has been thus recognised by her peers. It is well deserved. She has produced an excellent piece of work, and the details of genealogical and other historical facts have been meticulously researched. On behalf of the members, congratulations, Melva!”

Copies of Melva’s award winning publication can be ordered through on the Publications’ page.

Volunteers needed


  • typing
  • clipping newspapers
  • sorting materials for filing
  • scanning
  • library expertise to advise on aspects of cataloguing
  • writing, proofreading and editing.

Come along and join the working bee!

Call Mobile: 0401 180 092 if you would like further information.

If you are registered in a ‘Work for the Dole’ scheme, then please consider volunteering to assist the Toowong and District Historical Society Inc.