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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StateLibQld_2_203932_Feeding_the_chooks,_1952 While it may seem a little early to be doing stories about Christmas, we thought that this latest Blog post about the Walker and Roberts’ households might get people thinking about what Christmas was like when they were young. If you have any family connections with Toowong, we would love to hear your memories of how your family spent Christmas. Email us with your thoughts or use the Contact Form on the Contact Us page. 
Image: Feeding the chooks 1952, Courtesy of SLQ

TDHS May meeting

Picturesque ascent to Mt. Coot-tha by horse drawn passenger vehicles, ca. 1914 Courtesy of SLQA reminder that Janet Spillman will speak about her book The History of Mt Coot-tha at the next TDHS meeting on the 23 May.  There will not be an April meeting and people are encouraged to either attend the Anzac Day service in Anzac Park and/or perhaps go into the city for the grand parade.
Image: Road to Mt Coot-tha about 1914, Courtesy of SLQ

QLD Women’s Historical Association (QWHA) activities

MiegunyahQWHA offers a number of historical events throughout the year and TDHS supporters might be interested in the following:

Wednesday 2nd April to Sunday 1st June 2014
Display – “Journeys” – highlighting the travels and achievements of some remarkable women in Queensland’s history.  [Part of the National Trust Heritage Festival from 18th April – 18th May 2014 - whose theme is ‘Journeys’.]
Admission $6 for non-members – “Miegunyah” open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday 10th April 2014  -  Morning Tea 10.30am and Talk at 11.00am
The Jardine and Vidgen Families – Pioneers of Cape York – Taking in family history from 1066 to their arrival in the new Colony of Queensland, their journey to North Queensland in 1864 and précis of more modern post WWII history.
Guest Speakers:  Grahame Jardine-Vidgen, Chieftain of Clan Jardine-Australia.
$10 QWHA members, $12 non-members, includes morning tea.
Telephone  (07) 3252 2979
Venue: The Queensland Women’s Historical Association, “Miegunyah” House Museum, 35 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills Qld.
Image: Miegunyah, Courtesy of SLQ

Researching your family history?

358905000-0887_M_1885_C_001070Did you know that you can now access and download almost 650000 historical Queensland births, deaths and marriages? A downloadable historical image costs $20 compared to $28 for a hard copy historical certificate. You can still search the index for free. Whether you receive a certificate or image may depend on the type and date of the event.

Records available are:

Births: 1825 to 1890 and 1906 to 1914 – available as images (or certificates), 1891 to 1905 certificates only
Deaths: 1825 to 1952 and 1965 to 1979  – available as images (or certificates) and 1953 to 1964 and 1980 to 1984 certificates only
Marriages: 1825 to 1889 - available as images (or certificates) and 1890 to 1939 certificates only

Go to the QLD Government’s web site for more information: QLD BDM