- Category: Miscellaneous
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Established (Constituted a City):
- 29th October 1904
- Escarpment area: Jagara
- Toowoomba region: Giabal
- Northern region: Jarowair
- Paul Antonio
State Electoral Divisions:
- Toowoomba North
- Toowoomba South
Federal Electoral Division:
Cadastral Division of Queensland:
- County of Aubigny
- Parish of Drayton
- Latitude: 27.5828 °S
- Longitude: 151.9308 °E
- Elevation: 674.9 m
- Total area: 117 Sq Km
- Average annual rainfall: 950mm
- Average annual max temp: 22.6 °C
- Average annual min temp: 11.4 °C
Telephone Dialing Codes:
- Country code: +61
- Area code: 7
- Prefix's: 45, 46, 75, 76
- Toowoomba Aerodrome
- Address: Mutze St opposite the Department of Main Roads
- Name : (TWB) Toowoomba Airport
- Location : Toowoomba QLD, AU
- Latitude : -27.542221
- Longitude : 151.9139
- FlightStats Code: TWB
- IATA Code: TWB
- ICAO Code: YTWB
- FAA Code:
- Time Zone: +10:00 hours from UTC/GMT
- Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (WTB)
- Address: 1511 Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Rd, Wellcamp QLD 4350
- Name: Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (WTB)
- Location: Wellcamp AU
- Latitude: -27.55861
- Longitude: 151.795
- FlightStats Code: WTB
- IATA Code: WTB
- ICAO Code:
- FAA Code:
- Time Zone: +10:00 hours from UTC/GMT
Standard Time Zone:
- UTC/GMT +10 hours (AEST)
- Queensland (QLD)
- The Garden City (of Queensland)
- Wanganui, New Zealand (1981)
- Takatsuki, Japan (1991)
- Paju, South Korea (2002)
- Cambooya (SLA): 4,891
- Gowrie (SLA): 5,511
- Highfields (SLA): 11,225
- Toowoomba Central (SLA): 14,439
- Toowoomba North East (SLA): 11,104
- Toowoomba North West (SLA): 19,822
- Toowoomba South East (SLA): 28,941
- Toowoomba West (SLA): 24,343
- Westbrook (SLA): 8,324
- Toowoomba (SSD): 128,600 (Total of SLA's)
- Toowoomba (LGA): 159,098 (Total for TRC Area)
LGA: Local Government Area, SSD: Stastistical Subdivision, SLA: Statistical Local Area
All figures based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data as of 2009.
- Purple & Gold
- Prodimus Dum Crescimus (We prosper as we grow)
Sweet Violet (Viola odorata) A.K.A Toowoomba Violet
Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)
- Carnival of Flowers
- Royal Toowoomba Show
- Australian Gospel Music Festival
Key Industries (TRC Area):
- Manufacturing: $AU945.2
- Health Care & Social Assistance: $AU639.0
- Financial & Insurance Services: $AU631.8
- Public Administration & Safety: $AU527.0
- Education & Training: $AU456.6
- Retail Trade: $AU444.6
- Wholesale Trade: $AU415.0
All figures are in millions of dollars and based on 2009/2010 ABS data.
Business Activities (TRC Area):
- Gross Regional Product (GRP): $AU7.7 billion (2009/2010)
Property Market (TRC Area):
- Median House Price: $AU292,000 (Year to Sep 2010)
- Cooby Dam : 21,166 ML (1941)
- Perseverance Dam : 30,140 ML (1965)
- Cressbrook Dam : 81,842 ML (1983)
- Twice voted: Best city to live in Australia.
Suburbs (alphabetical order):
- Centenary Heights
- Darling Heights
- East Toowoomba
- Kearneys Spring
- Middle Ridge
- Mount Kynoch
- Mount Lofty
- North Toowoomba
- Prince Henry Heights
- South Toowoomba
- Toowoomba City
- Wilsonton Heights
Coat of Arms:
HMAS Toowoomba Badges:
HMAS Toowoomba I badge
HMAS Toowoomba II badge
- Category: Arts and Literature
- Hits: 22604
- Not Just a Pretty Place: A History of Toowoomba since World War II, (2004) Seawright, Donald T.
- Toowoomba's Story - IN BRIEF, (2003) Cullen, Peter
- Toowoomba Sketchbook, (1977) Hinchcliffe, David Bruce & Hinchcliffe, Albert Thomas
- Toowoomba and the Golden West - 4th edition, (Universal Publishers Pty Ltd, 2006), UBD
- Toowoomba and the Golden West - 5th edition, (Universal Publishers Pty Ltd, 2008), UBD
- The Royal Bull's Head Inn, (National Trust Queensland, Brisbane, 1990-2000) Lille, Maureen
- Morass to municipality: celebrating Toowoomba's 125th year as a municipality, (Darling Downs Institute Press, Toowoomba, 1985) Dansie, Robert
- The Darling Downs, Queensland: illustrated and described, (Toowoomba, 1906), Stephens, Richard F. and Ogilvie, David A.
- They meant business: an illustrated history of eight Toowoomba enterprises, (Darling Downs Institute Press, Toowoomba, 1984) Hinchliffe, Brian ed
- School ties: a history of private schooling in Toowoomba, (Darling Downs Institute Press, Toowoomba, 1989) McNally, Paul ed
- Toowoomba: garden city of the Downs, (Research Publications, Blackburn VIC, 1985) Harding, Geoff., Colville, E. J.
- This is the story of Toowoomba's first 100 years, (Toowoomba, 1960), Toowoomba City Council
- Toowoomba: 1860-1960, (Cronbrook Press, Toowoomba, 1960, 62 Pages) Marriott, R. S., Toowoomba City Council
- Toowoomba: "Queen of the Downs", (192?, 16 Pages) Nicholls, Brooke
- Toowoomba: A sense of history 1840-2008, (University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 2009) French, Maurice
- Toowoomba Plants: Natives of the Region Suitable for Gardens, (Toowoomba Education Centre, 2005, 144 Pages) Gardner, Patricia
- Toowoomba: a social atlas, (USQ Press, 1996, 186 Pages) Elvidge, N. C.
- The Toowoomba house: styles and history, (1998, 46 Pages) Toowoomba City Council
- Category: Arts and Literature
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by George Essex Evans
Written in 1900
Dark purple, chased with sudden gloom and glory,
Like waves in wild unrest,
Low-wooded billows and steep summits hoary,
Ridge, slope, and mountain crest,
Cease at her feet with faces turned to meet her,
Enthroned, apart, serene
Above her vassal hills whose voices greet her
The Mountain Queen.
Fair City, unto whom as to a lover
Our tender memories run—
Childhood and Springtide’s careless hours are over,
And Summer days begun.
Behold, amid what wealth of vine and meadow
Thy maiden feet are set;
And on thy brow, undimmed of care or shadow,
Thy civic coronet!
There have been dreams for thee by men who slumber
Sound where no voice may reach,
Who, ere they joined the host that none may number,
Saw what they strove to teach—
The vision of a city, wide and splendid,
Crowning the Range’s wall,
And o’er thy sweeping plateau, far extended,
Welcome for all!
- Category: People
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Thomas Alford was a pioneer settler of the Toowoomba region. Arriving in Sydney Australia on the 21/01/1839. He left for Brisbane on 21/03/1842 with his wife and children following a few months later. In the same year Thomas decided it was time to resettle in the newly discovered Darling Downs relocating his family to Cambooya and establishing a store. Half a year had passed, and realizing his choice of location for his store was maybe not the best, he once again up lifted the family moved to new location about 15Km north of Cambooya, to the Springs.
Things were looking up for Thomas and by 1845 he received a license so that his store was also a post office. In the same year Thomas' choice of name of Drayton for the township was recognized on official documentation.
Two years later in 1847 Thomas had conceived three more children children in Drayton, which by now had a population of about fifty.
Steadily the new township was growing and Thomas help establish a school in 1851, by now the population was about two hundred people.
After becoming insolvent Thomas moved the family a bit further north to another area know as the Swamp and re-established himself and opening a new shop. He had apparently named his new shop and house 'Toowoomba'.
It was here that Thomas' sixth child, Henry King Alford, the first white child to be born in Toowoomba.
After further business setbacks Thomas eventually established a successful auction business.
Thomas also made many contributions to community affairs that ultimately helped establish Toowoomba's prosperity.
Thomas died at the age of 48 in the year 1864. His wife lived to the age of 88 and died on the 12/10/1905.
They are both buried at the Toowoomba Cemetery.
- Category: Infrastructure
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Update: The 'Toowoomba Bypass' as it will be officially known is set to be officially opened on Sunday 8th September 2019.
The Toowoomba second range crossing is much needed infrastructure for the Toowoomba region. The benefit of the range crossing will have a positive impact both in the short and long term.
The immediate benefit will mean that much of the heavy traffic will be diverted out of Toowoomba city, which will reduce noise and pollution and reduce travel time, and increase safety. Long term benefits which will filter through the economy is greater transport efficiency, i.e.: quicker delivery of stock to the western downs and better financial outcomes for all the stakeholders involved.
Work on the project is expected to commence during the second half of 2015 and the construction period will take approximately 3 years. The project should be completed around late 2018, early 2019.
The improved transport efficiency will arise out of the fact that the steep climb up the range incline will no longer be a factor, and also the fact that seventeen sets of traffic lights will be bypassed. This will reduce travel time through the City of Toowoomba by forty minutes.
Funding for the project has been secured on an 80:20 basis, with the federal government committing 80% ($AU1.28 billion) and the Queensland government providing the shortfall of $AU320 million dollars. Total cost will be approx. $AU1.6 billion.
It will create approx. 1,800 jobs for the Toowoomba region during the 3 year construction phase, which will also bring immediate economic benefit to the region.
The second range crossing will be a 43Km stretch of road that will start at the Warrego highway in Helidon (east of Toowoomba) and end in the west at the Warrego highway in Charlton.
The bypass will comprise of 41Km of bypass, 700 metre twin three lane tunnels, thirty bridges, four viaducts.