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.

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. Arthur left Emu Creek school ...
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 on his New England station. After ...
Henry Spiro was born to Jewish parents in Posen, Prussia in October 1839.  He travelled to Queensland in 1861 at the age of 22 and arrived in Toowoomba in 1863.  Once settled, he took up a partnership with a Mr. ...
Job Eagles Stone was born in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England on 5 November 1860.  He emigrated to Australia with his parents when he was 13 years old. Stone’s first job in Toowoomba was as a newspaper boy.  He then commenced work as ...
James Taylor was born in Clifford, Yorkshire, England in 1820 (exact date unknown). He migrated to Australia in 1840, probably on the “James Pattison”. Taylor worked in pastoral industries before arriving on the Darling Downs in 1848, where he became the ...
Helen Tolmie was born in 1866 in Invergordon, Scotland and came to Australia in the late 1860s while still very young . Her father, Roderick Tolmie, once in Australia, became manager of Wallan Station in the Dulacca district. The committee of ...
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