Notable characters

Our history has been based on some remarkable people from Steele Rudd, the author of Dad & Dave, to Nellie Robinson, Queensland's first lady mayor.

Allan Cunningham
Allan Cunningham was born in Wimbledon, Surrey on 13 July, 1791, educated at a private school in Putney. He worked for a time in conveyancing, but law was not to his liking and be accepted a position as assistant to the manager of Kew Gardens, W. T. Aiton. Aiton recommended Cunningham to Sir Joseph Banks and he obtained an appointment as a botanical collector. In 1814 he went to Brazil to ...
William Henry Groom
William Henry Groom arrived in Australia in 1846, a boy of 13 years convicted of embezzlement in England. His association with Toowoomba began when he became an auctioneer in 1858. Over the next 43 years he was to become one of the most respected and influential people in Toowoomba and was in fact elected as our first Mayor in 1861 and served three terms in succession and then again in 1864, ...
Kathleen Hildred Dickson was born on 17th March, 1910 in Tenterfield, NSW. In 1918, she and her family moved first to Warwick, then Toowoomba. Kath Dickson graduated from Fairholme College a senior prefect and dux and in 1928, at the age of 18, went to Brisbane to commence teacher training. ...
George Essex Evans was born in London on June 18, 1863 to Welsh parents. Evans’ father, John, was a Q.C. and a member of the House of Commons and unfortunately died not long after George’s birth. In 1881, at the age of 18, he migrated to Australia with his two sisters and brother. They settled on a farm at Allora but George, finding farming disagreeable, sought employment as a teacher, journalist ...
John Alexander French was born on July 15, 1914 in Crow’s Nest, north of Toowoomba. His father, Albert French, was a barber originally from Tenterfield and his mother, Lucy, settled in Crows Nest with her family after moving from Charleville. John attended the Crows Nest State Primary School from 1920 to 1928. In May of 1928, he sat for and successfully passed a demanding State scholarship examination. As a boy, John ...
Benjamin Glennie was born in Dulwich, Surrey, England, the 12th son of Dr William Glennie, principal of a private school in Dulwich. Glennie arrived in Sydney on 16 January 1848 and was ordained deacon on 19 March. On 29 July, 1850 he was appointed by Bishop Tyrell to be incumbent for the Darling Downs, resident at Drayton, the parish being called St. Matthew’s. Official records show that the first service of ...
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