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Toowoomba is a beautiful little city anytime of the year, but it has to be said that when springtime comes around there is that something a little extra special in the air.
Toowoomba's claim to fame is the Carnival of Flowers, a fun filled, awe inspiring, action packed, sensory spectacular of all the best the garden city has to offer.
The iconic Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers was an idea conceived by local businessman Essex Tait in 1949.
The idea was put to the Toowoomba chamber of commerce that in order to promote the region and it's businesses following World War II, it would be worthwhile to take advantage of the Toowoomba regions ideal location and already renowned 'Garden City' status.
The first parade took place in the Spring of 1950 where a crowd of 50,000 people attended. Over the ensuing years the carnival has endured numerous trying circumstances including events such as droughts and the like, but has continualy pulled through to hold bigger and better events with current attendances approaching a record 200,000 people.
The Toowoomba Carnival of flowers is held in the last full week of September and there are both day and night activities to cater for everyone including including a floral street parade, garden tours, live music concerts, arts and crafts, flower, food and wine festivals, and a garden competition and more.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers which will be held from Friday 20th September until Sunday 29th September 2019..
Toowoomba just wouldn't be Toowoomba without the carnival.
Most of all though, remember to have lots of fun and enjoy.
- Category: History
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The exchange building was constructed in an area that by the late 1890's was was being established as the commercial centre of Toowoomba.
Designed by architect J Marks and Son, the building was completed some time in 1905.
It consists of two stories, the first floor consisting of a series of four shops, with office space on the second level.
The building today continues to be used as a commercial property and was heritage listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on the 27th October 2000.
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Tyson Manor is so named after Australia's first self made millionaire, James "Jimmy" Tyson.
Originally built by Richard Godsall with additions to the building taking place up until 1905, it originally known as 'Strathmore' when it was sold in 1902 to Mrs J. Tyson Doneley and the houses name was then changed to Tyson Manor.
Sitting on 70 acres the house provides stunning views of Toowoomba city and surrounding suburbs.
Downlands Catholic College acquired the house in 1931.
- Category: Medical
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Baillie Henderson Hospital is located on a 330 acre area at 1 Hogg Street in the Toowoomba suburb of Cranley.
Construction of the psychiatric hospital commenced in 1888 and commenced operation in 1890. Over successive years until 1919, additions were made to the hospital campus which included the construction of male and female wards, nurses section and an administration block.
During the 1960s further additions to the hospital were added including a services building (laundry, canteen, kitchen etc).
Patient numbers have been on the decline since the 1980 as alternative treatment and care of mentally ill patients have developed.
Listing on the Queensland Heritage Register took place on the 27th September 1999.
- Category: Education
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Designed by architect Benjamin Backhouse for the Queensland Department of Public Works and opening in 1865, the South Toowoomba State School is one of the first primary schools to be opened in Queensland.
The school was renamed to the South Toowoomba State School in March 1983 after the merging of the Toowoomba South Boy's School with the Toowoomba Girl's and Infant's School.
Centennial celebration of the school took place in 1965 and it's 125th anniversary in 1990 but due to diminishing enrollments, it was decided the school would close down, which took place in September 2013.