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.

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.  James, who died in 1897, left a considerable sum of money for the erection of a monument over his grave. It was deemed by the trustees of his will that a church would be "a suitable and ...
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 Australia. At that time, she had another uncle, Edward, living near Clifton, Queensland.  Once in Toowoomba, Ellen went to work for Dr and Mrs Roberts at their home “Finchley” in Mort Street as a housemaid.  ...
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 'Ascendant'.  They arrived in Brisbane on June 24, 1858.  Their journey from Brisbane to Drayton was by river steamer from Brisbane to Ipswich and then a mail cart from Ipswich to Drayton. ...
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 in medicine in 1899 and later went to London to study ophthalmology. On his return to Australia, he took up a position in Queensland at the Willowburn Mental Hospital and then in 1903 he set up private practice ...
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, Miss Robinson began a 3 year course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She returned to Toowoomba before completing the course when her mother become ill, at the outbreak of World War II. Miss Robinson taught ...
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 Australia in 1876 and on his arrival in Toowoomba set up a shoe factory in an old shed on the property where the ambulance station now stands.  He wrote to Charles to urge him to come to Australia to help ...
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