- Category: History
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The origins of the Toowoomba Historical Society date back to approximately 1950 when a small group was formed to discuss Toowoomba's history.
At the commencement of 1970's this group was disbanded and it was not until the latter part of the 1970's that the society had reformed in the same spirit to discuss and research Toowoomba's History. The society was incorporated in 1996.
The society's mission statement is "To stimulate our community’s interest in the economic, social, cultural and environmental history and heritage of Toowoomba and its environs." - note: the definition for environs is "surrounding areas and districts".
The historical society is constituted of a library with research facilities which is available to members of the public. The society has a vast archive of literature, photos and artifacts. The society does also accept enquiries from the public.
The Library is located at 49 Lindsay St (between Queens Park & Queens Park Gardens) in East Toowoomba QLD 4350.
Postal: PO Box 1171 Toowoomba QLD 4350
Phone: (07) 4638 7362
- Category: History
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Toowoomba city council origins date back to 24th November 1860, when Toowoomba was declared a municipality. This was quickly followed by the first council election on the 4th January 1861.
William Henry Groom became the first mayor of Toowoomba, after which the Australian electoral division of Groom is named after him.
Toowoomba's status of town transitioned to a city at midday on the 20th October 1904.
Toowoomba celebrated its centenary as a city in 2004.
- Category: Parks & Gardens
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Glen Lomond park is located in the Toowoomba suburb of Middle Ridge, in the escarpment area to the south-east of the city.
The parkland is shared by bush walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.
The namesake of the park is probably of English or Scottish descent.
The park has three bush trails.
- Glen Lomond bridal trail -2.1Km
- Hell Hole track - 2.75Km
- Spur track - 0.34Km
- Category: History
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The Milne Bay Military Museum is located in Toowoomba, QLD and provides a historical showcase of the 25th Battalion and associated artifacts from both WW1 & WW2.
The Museum is named after the Battle of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea (PNG) of which the 25th Australian Infantry Battalion unit was a part of.
The museum has several permanent exhibits on show including a replica WW1 trench & WW2 vehicles.
The museum is housed in a building built in 1917 known as 'The Drill Hall'. It's original location was in Newtown Park, Newtown Toowoomba. The present location at the Defence Force Recruiting Centre Toowoomba, located on the corner of Anzac Ave and O'Quinn St in Harristown.
Address: Corner of Anzac & O'Quinn St, Harristown QLD 4350
Telephone: (07) 4631 4482
Website: Milne Bay Military Museum
- Category: Community
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The Milne Bay Aquatic Centre was officially opened by the Toowoomba City Council in 1960 and was originally known as the 'Milne Bay Memorial Swimming Pool' in memory of the 25th Battalion from the Toowoomba region who served in the Battle of Milne Bay during the second world war in PNG.
Address: 43-49 Victoria St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350
Phone: (07) 4688 6330
www: Milne Bay Aquatic & Fitness Centre
- Category: Events
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The Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland (RASQ) – Toowoomba, was founded in1860 with the sole purpose of promoting the excellence of agriculture in the Darling Downs region.
Located at the Royal Toowoomba Showgrounds in Glenvale on the western end of Glenvale Rd, in Frank Thomas Ave – having relocated there in 1985 from the Old Toowoomba Showground, on Bridge Street, where the Toowoomba Technical And Further Education (TAFE) college is now located.
Like many agricultural shows, the event has a carnival feel with amusement rides, food stalls, skill games and show bags.
The show usually runs for three days in March or April annually.