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Toowoomba's History

By cgirle5
  • Birth of Allan Cunningham

  • 6 June- Allan Cunningham discovered the Darling Downs.

  • Patrick Leslie arrived in Australia

    Patrick Leslie arrived in Australia
  • Death of Allan Cunningham

    Death of Allan Cunningham
  • Patrick Leslie

    20 March- Patrick Leslie arrived at the junction of Sandy Creek (later named) and the Condamine River.
  • QLD

    2 July- The first head station was established by the Leslie brothers at Toolburra This was the first permanent pastoral settlement in present day QLD
  • SEPT

    Sept- Arthur Hodgson and Gilbert Elliot made contact with the NSW government at Moreton Bay via a track through Cunningham’s Gap. They had ridden from their station, Etonvale (at Mt Rubieslaw)
  • 7 OCT

    7 Oct- Lieutenant Gorman, Commandant of the Moreton Bay Settlement, left the settlement to visit the Darling Downs, led by John Sterry Baker
  • 17 OCT

    17 Oct- Lieutenant Gorman’s party passed through Gorman’s Gap.
  • October- Joe Archer, the bullocky, and Gilbert Elliot, found that the Cunningham’s Gap road was far too steep for drays.

    October- Joe Archer, the bullocky, and Gilbert Elliot, found that the Cunningham’s Gap road was far too steep for drays.
  • 19 Oct- Lieutenant Gorman reached Etonvale Station

    19 Oct- Lieutenant Gorman reached Etonvale Station
  • 19 NOV

    19 Nov- First shearing at Etonvale Station
    - Westbrook Station was settled by John (Tinker) Campbell
  • THE SPRINGS

    Thomas Alford came to the Darling Downs and established a store on the Leyburn Road leading west. Arthur Hodgson later assisted his move to establish his store at “The Springs”.
  • THE SPRINGS

    Stephen Mehan set up a store at “ The Springs”
  • JOHN CAMPBELL

    John Campbell of Westbrook Station produced a magnificent crop of wheat.
  • There were 26 stations on the downs.

    There were 26 stations on the downs.
  • Arthur Hodgen and Gilbert Elliot grew wheat at Etonvale

    Arthur Hodgen and Gilbert Elliot grew wheat at Etonvale
  • A bridle track along the Mt Lofty foothills came into use.

    A bridle track along the Mt Lofty foothills came into use.
  • 1848

    1 May- William Horton became the licensee of the Bull Head’s Inn.
  • December- J.C. Burnett surveyed the existing settlement at “The Springs’ (Drayton).

    December- J.C. Burnett surveyed the existing settlement at “The Springs’ (Drayton).
  • The first land sales were held at Drayton and Warwick.An acute water shortage in the Drayton area caused further settlement at the “ Swamp”

    The first land sales were held at Drayton and Warwick.
    An acute water shortage in the Drayton area caused further settlement at the “ Swamp”
  • Census of the Downs showed 564 men, 24 women. 55% of the Darling Downs’ population had been transported as convicts. This is easy to understand as all Pastoralists used convicts or “ticket of leave” labour.

    Census of the Downs showed 564 men, 24 women. 55% of the Darling Downs’ population had been transported as convicts. This is easy to understand as all Pastoralists used convicts or “ticket of leave” labour.
  • Gold rush fever discovered the discovery of gold in NSW new Bathurst by Edward Hargreaves.

    Gold rush fever discovered the discovery of gold in NSW new Bathurst by Edward Hargreaves.
  • 6 Sept- Drayton School was opened and it became the first National school in the area.

    6 Sept- Drayton School was opened and it became the first National school in the area.
  • Thomas Alford moved to the Drayton Swamp agricultural Area using the name “Toowoomba” for his house and store.

    Thomas Alford moved to the Drayton Swamp agricultural Area using the name “Toowoomba” for his house and store.
  • The first hotel was erected in the “Drayton Agricultural Reserve”. The hotel, originally called “ The Seperation” ( reflecting the owner’s spelling limitations) was later named “The Royal” (Snell St) and was used in the1860’s as a meeting place of the fir

    The first hotel was erected in the “Drayton Agricultural Reserve”. The hotel, originally called “ The Seperation” ( reflecting the owner’s spelling limitations) was later named “The Royal” (Snell St) and was used in the1860’s as a meeting place of the first municipal council.
  • 6 September- The North State School was opened.

    6 September- The North State School was opened.
  • William Handcock set up a store at “ The Springs”

    William Handcock set up a store at “ The Springs”
  • What was to be called the Toll Bar Road superseded the Flagstone Creek road.

    What was to be called the Toll Bar Road superseded the Flagstone Creek road.
  • The original Bull’s Head Inn was built

    The original Bull’s Head Inn was built
  • The first oat crop for the area was grown at the south-west corner of Perth and Ruthven Streets.

    The first oat crop for the area was grown at the south-west corner of Perth and Ruthven Streets.