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...

Henry Spiro - the pillar & plinth of the Toowoomba synagogue

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 p...

Job Eagles Stone - master printer

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 ...

Hon. James Taylor - the king of Toowoomba

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 industrie...

Helen (Ella) Tolmie - medical pioneer

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...