Written Around Town – Easy as ABC

There’s a wealth of local knowledge that is published in various local publications. This week I came across an interesting story in the February 17 2015, High Country Herald about the ABC Radio in the 1970s and some of the characters that worked there.

Building Faith

Today’s article is a little bit different. I have a mate that is Jewish and he challenged me to find out about the history of the Jewish people in the Toowoomba area. Not one to pike on a challenge I said I’d give it a go and see what information I could dig up. The…

Swamped With Variations

What’s in a name? Now I don’t claim to be an expert but I do enjoy a mystery and so I thought I’d throw together all the bits and pieces I could find on the possible origins of where the name Toowoomba came from. Have a read, then it’s up to you to make your…

A Minor Deviation

This week’s topic was another one of those “found while looking for something else” topics. Truth be told I can’t even remember what I was originally looking for but my eye caught the phrase “Drayton Deviation” in a different article and so I lingered a while to read. While the article was about the opening…

On This Day… – Toowoomba Mobs

I’ll be as close to this day as I can, if nothing of interest is happening I’ll just have stretch it out to this month. On this day 150 years ago: Another interesting letter to the Editor of the Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser, Thursday 3 May 1866. Take a look at the harshness…

It struck me as curious

This week I stumbled on the most bizarre story. I was looking for some information about the creation of the Warrego Highway. I’ve a couple of images for when Campbell Street was bitumenised in the 1940s, and so I was going to do a whole article on road works. While digging up information I discovered…