Toowong District Historical Society

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.

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.

If you have anything to share about these areas (e.g. photos, stories, family histories), we would love to hear from you.

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.

Our meetings

The Toowong and District Historical Society Inc. meets monthly on the fourth Friday of the month from January to November.

Where : TDHS meets at the West Toowong Bowls Club, Bywong Street, West Toowong. (Unless advised otherwise). Members and guests are invited to bring their own tea or coffee to drink before the meeting starts. Please note that the West Toowong Bowls Club bar opens at 11.00 am. As well as the usual drinks, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase.

When: Fourth Friday of the month (except December) from 10 a.m.-12 noon

Topics: 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.

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.

Upcoming Meetings:

BOOK LAUNCH: The Dell, A House in Toowong; The Sapsford Family House since 1883 by Ruth Sapsford. Sunday 17th October, 1.30 for a 2.00pm start. Toowong Senior Citizens Hall, 9 Maryvale St, Toowong. Books cost $35 and can be purchased at the launch or by emailing

Canon Garland and his legacy by Peter Collins. Friday 22nd October 10.00 – 12.00 at the West Toowong Bowls Club, Bywong St, Toowong.

Photos of the area from the collection of Sir Arnold Bennett by Nick Feros. Friday 26th November, 10.00-12.00 at the West Toowong Bowls Club, Bywong St, Toowong.

Stay in touch

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See our recent blog posts about how Archer and Bywong Streets got their names!

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

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

DISCLAIMER – Toowong and District Historical Society Inc. (TDHS) aims to ensure that the information provided on this website is accurate. TDHS disclaims all responsibility and liability for any losses or damages you might incur as a result of information being inaccurate or incomplete in any way. TDHS makes no warranties that this website is free of computer viruses or other contamination.

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