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.
When we meet ;
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.
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Join us at our Members’ Monthly Meeting
Where : Usually we meet at the BCC Toowong Library, top floor, Toowong Village. But as the library is currently being upgraded, the meeting room is closed. In the meantime, our Society is meeting at the Toowong Bowls Club, Gailey Road, Taringa. The TDHS will move back to the BCC Toowong Library meeting room in September.
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: email@example.com
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.
Our Next Meeting
23rd August 2019
A STROLL THROUGH TIME Along Toowong’s Sherwood Road
the Society’s recent history walk down Sherwood Road.
The walk departed from the Toowong Senior Citizens’ Hall at 9 Maryvale Street and
proceeded along Jephson Street, then up Sherwood Road, down Dean Street and re-
turned along Woodstock Road and Maryvale Street
Along the route are historic properties past and present, including the stately homes
‘Endrim’ (originally named ‘Arlington’), ‘Warrawee’ and ‘Dovercourt’; Nurse Abbot’s
nursing home; and the property where there was once a blacksmith’s forge where the
Condamine Bell was made.
Lang Ships Commemoration
Fortitude, Chasely and Lima all arrived in 1849 under Dr John Dunmore Lang’s immigration scheme which brought approximately 600 free settlers to the former penal colony.
Join TDHS at this historic riverside residence to reflect on 170 years of change in Brisbane since Lang’s ships arrived. Share photos, stories and memories of Toowong and of the Cribb family. Celebrate new publications:
Author Beth Johnson has published a shorter biography of Robert Cribb,
TDHS member Lee Bull has completed a book about Toowong’s ‘Lang Farm Estate’ which traces land ownership after Robert Cribb’s 1852 purchase of Lang Farm and adjacent blocks,
TDHS member Leigh Chamberlain has completed a book of Toowong reminiscences and
Descendant Patsy Jones is working on a book about Robert Cribb’s grandson, William Alfred Cribb.
BYO: Hat, sunscreen, umbrella and if possible, a blanket or folding chair.
RSVP essential. Spaces limited. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 3261 3885 by 1 September 2019.
Launch of the TDHS’s latest book
24 August 2019
‘Lang Farm Estate
An 1877 subdivision
and the people who made it home’
Compiled by Lee Bull
Community Meeting Place
Josling Street Toowong
Join TDHS at 1.30 for a 2.00 pm book launch by Professor John Pearn and afterwards for afternoon tea.
or phone/ text 0401 180 092
The book gives the background of all the properties and early owners, with brief updates about subsequent occupants. There are maps and photos of the streets and houses, showing areas of Lang Farm Estate then and now.
The TDHS’s latest publication was launched on 20 May 2019 at a well-attended event held at the residence of TDHS member, the late Judith Marks.
Judith’s family hosted the morning tea which followed the formalities.
Book sales have been strong and a second print run was required.
How to order:
Please refer to the order form for contact details.
Cost: $AUS25.00 per book
If postage is required please ask for a quote.
Payment options are by cash, cheque or direct deposit
For payment details, please refer to the order form.
TDHS has a small band of volunteer researchers to assist with inquiries.The Society values the sharing of resources and information and asks our inquirers to share what they find. TDHS does not charge for research but is grateful for any donations, while researchers may ask to be reimbursed for expenses incurred in acquiring information eg postage, photocopying and purchase of title deeds.
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