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.

Our Meetings are held at the West Toowong Bowls Club, Bywong Street, Toowong. Please note that the West Toowong Bowls Club bar opens at 11.00 am and snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase.

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

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

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Friday 27 August 2021 from 10.00 – 12.00pm at the West Toowong Bowls Club, Bywong St.

Postcards from ‘Aunt Bee’ – sent during the 1919 Spanish Influenza Outbreak.

We welcome TDHS President, Ruth Sapsford, as our guest speaker.

Ruth will give us a special insight into life during the Spanish influenza outbreak by sharing postcards that were sent by Beatrice May Sapsford (1875-1948) to family members during this challenging time.

Known by the younger members of the Sapsford family as Aunt Bee, Beatrice and her family moved into their newly purchased house in Glen Rd, Toowong in 1884 when she was just a small child and continued to live here until her death.

Among the postcard are some sent from Sydney to her 3 year old nephew, Derek Pelham Sapsford detailing how the influenza outbreak was affecting her life.

Past Events

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