Allan Cunningham - botanist and explorer

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 ...

William Henry Groom - Toowoomba's first Mayor

William Henry Groom was born on 9 March 1833 in Plymouth, England. In October 1846 he was convicted of stealing and sentenced to 7 years transportation to Australia. William arrived in Austr...

Kathleen Hildred Dickson - inspirational educator

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 p...

George Essex Evans - federation poet

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...

John Alexander French, V.C. - local hero

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 Nes...

Rev. Benjamin Glennie - Apostle of the Downs

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 deaco...

Jesse Jewhurst Hilder - water colourist

Jesse Jewhurst Hilder was born on July 23, 1881 in Toowoomba, the eighth child of Henry Hilder, an engine driver from Sussex, and Elizabeth Hilder who was born in India. The family lived in a small we...

Sister Elizabeth Kenny - medical pioneer

Elizabeth Kenny was born in Warialda, N.S.W. on 20 September, 1880. At age 9 her family moved to the Clifton district and later to the Nobby district. When she was 18, Ms Kenny began training as a nur...

Patrick Leslie - first settler on the Darling Downs

Patrick Leslie was born on 25th September 1815 at Warthill, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the second son of William Leslie, 9th laird of Warthill and 8th of Folla. Patrick left London in December 1834, arr...

Jim Logan O.A.M

Mr Jim Logan O.A.M (1933-2009) affectionately known as " Mr Clifton " was one of the most courteous, caring and knowledgeable residents who played a significant part in the community throughout his li...

James Marks - master architect

James Marks was born in Yeovil, Somerset, England, the son of Paul Marks. He began working life in 1850 for building contractors, Joseph and Charles Rigby of Westminster as an office boy and storekeep...

Jack McCafferty - king of the road

John Francis (Jack) McCafferty was born at Breakfast Creek, Brisbane on March 11, 1914, the son of James McCafferty, a railway engine driver, and Martha. The family moved to Warwick in 1919 where Jac...

James Mowen

James Mowen was considered the 'Father of Clifton' and established the first business in Clifton. A memorial cairn is located in Clark Street, Clifton across from the former Bank of New South Wales. &...

Ellen O'Brien - enterprising woman

Ellen O’Brien was born Ellen Fitzgerald in Bantry, County Cork Ireland in 1858.  Ellen was orphaned while still a child and so her uncle took care of her until, at 21, she emigrated to Aust...

William James Peak - the father of Drayton

William James Peak was born at Penzance, Cornwall on December 3, 1831.  He gathered many farming skills there until, at 26, he and his wife Jane (nee Ladner), migrated to Queensland on the 'Ascen...

Dr Thomas Arthur Price - mosquito king

Dr Thomas Arthur Price was born 10 October 1871 in Brisbane and received his education at the Brisbane Grammar School. He later travelled to Edinburgh where he matriculated in 1893. He then qualified ...

Nellie E Robinson - Queensland's first Lady Mayor

Miss Nellie E Robinson  was born in Toowoomba and educated at North State School, Glennie Memorial School and St. Hilda’s at Southport. After completing a tour of Britain in the late 1930s,...

Charles Rowbotham - entrepreneur & philanthropist

Charles Rowbotham was born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England in December 1858.  In his early years he worked at the Marshal boot and shoe factory with his brother William. William left for Au...

Steele Rudd - creator of Dad & Dave

Steele Rudd (Arthur Hoey Davis) was born on 14 November 1868 to Mary and Tom Davis of Drayton. When Arthur was about four years old, the large family of fifteen moved to Emu Creek near Stanthorpe. Ar...

Henry Stuart Russell - pastoralist, explorer, historian

Henry Stuart Russell was born March 1818 at Halliford, Middlesex, England, the son of an East India Company Officer. At the age of 22 he migrated to Australia and stayed with his cousin Arthur Hodgson...