Toowoombas history

  • Darling downs discoved

    Allan Cunningham discovered the Darling Downs.
  • Patrick Leslie

    Patrick Leslie arrived at the junction of Sandy Creek (later named) and the Condamine River.
  • Leslie’s main party arrived

  • John Campbell

    John Campbell of Westbrook Station produced a magnificent crop of wheat.
  • Bulls Head Inn

    William Horton became the licensee of the Bull Head’s Inn.
  • J.C Burnets

    J.C. Burnett’s surveyed twelve 27 to 40 acre (11-16 hectare) farmlets to be known as the Drayton Agricultural reserve.
  • 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.

    The first land sales were held at Drayton and Warwick.
    An acute water shortage in the Drayton area caused further settlement at the “ Swamp”
  • Darling Downs’ population

    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.
  • The naming of “Toowoomba”

    The naming of “Toowoomba” was celebrated by the people of Drayton and Toowoomba.
  • Separation Day

    Separation Day- Queensland was named after Queen Victoria, Queen of England. Sir George Ferguson Bowen became the first Governor of Queensland.
  • “The Swamp”,

    The proclamation making Toowoomba municipality and empowering its citizens to elect a mayor and aldermen was published. It was gazetted on 1 December, 1860. The municipality occupied all the land that had been surveyed at “The Swamp”, although much of it was surveyed as suburban to Drayton.
  • Galton’s Public House

    Galton’s Public House (Withcott) was built as a staging house for those travellers who did not want to tackle the Main Range in darkness.
  • Freeman Cobb

    Freeman Cobb ran coaches between Bigge’s Camp (Grandchester) and Toowoomba.
  • The first train

    12 April- The first train reached Toowoomba from Ipswich, taking 6 hours to complete the journey.
  • North State School opened

    6 September- The North State School was opened.
  • post ofice was open

    The Margaret Street post office was opened. The building cost 5000 pounds ($10 000); the clock cost 250 pounds ($500)
  • Cunningham’s Gap

    Cunningham’s Gap road was opened.
  • The Royal Bull’s Head

    The Royal Bull’s Head Inn was acquired by the National Trust of QLD.
  • darling downs

    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.