Toowong District Historical Society

The Toowong and District Historical Society encompasses the area which comprised the original Shire of Toowong as administered by Town of Toowong, namely the suburbs of Toowong, Milton, Auchenflower and parts of Mt Coot-tha.

Our society would also like to acknowledge the Turrbal 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.

A year of Disaster - Brisbane 1864

Duncan Richardson will join the group to explain the calamity and concerns of a community dealing with 3 major fires, a major cyclonic flood and a plague of Typhoid.
When: Fri February 23 09:30 - 12:00


A flooded Charlotte St, Brisbane in 1864

(Photo courtesy of QldPics)

In 1864, Brisbane experienced five disasters, yet today, few people know about any of them.

Starting with a major cyclone and flood in February, a typhoid outbreak and three significant fires, which destroyed Brisbane CBD, followed.

Journalists and others who lived through these shocking events were sure they would never be forgotten but, for various reasons, they have been overshadowed in published history.

Join Duncan Richardson as he shares the research for his book Year of Disaster: Brisbane 1864. Copies of Duncan’s book will be available for purchase.

Where: Toowong Library, top floor, Toowong Village

For inquiries and RSVP, please contact the TDHS secretary: T: 040 1180 092

Download Meeting Flyer 23 Feb 2018

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.

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