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 at twelve and went on to work as a tarboy on Pilton Station. At seventeen, Arthur went droving but, with the encouragement of his mother, soon after attained the position ...
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 Hodgson and Gilbert Elliott established Eton Vale on the Darling Downs in 1840, Russell became their guest. He and his brother Sydenham took up Cecil Plains Station on the Darling ...
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. Benjamin and opened a store in Stuart Street (now known as Geddes Street).    In 1865, Spiro and Benjamin built a modern two-story brick building on the southeast corner of Ruthven and ...
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 an apprentice to G and J Blacks, master printers.  He remained with the firm for 15 years including a five-year placement in the company’s Brisbane branch. ...
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 sole proprietor of the property in 1859. He married Sarah Boulton in 1850 in the first marriage ceremony performed on the Darling Downs (the wedding was held at Drayton). ...
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 the Toowoomba General Hospital decided in 1889, to commence training their own nurses and Miss Tolmie was the first probationer engaged. Once her training was complete she remained at the ...
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