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.

Queensland's first brewery was built in Toowoomba in 1867. By 1869, it was one of the largest breweries in the southern hemisphere. The brewery's original and official name was the Downs Brewery but came to be known as Perkins Brewery. Read about it's history and how it eventually became part of Castlemaine Perkins. ...
Pigotts was one of Toowoomba's largest retailers and a household word in a bygone era. Today, the Art Deco style of the Ruthven Street store still remains. M.D. Pigott set up a drapery business in Brisbane soon after arriving in Australia in 1885. He opened his first store in Russell Street, Toowoomba (next to the Criterion Hotel) on the 6th July 1896. Pigott & Co. advertised that at their opening there ...
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