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.

Jesse Jewhurst Hilder was born on July 23, 1881 in Toowoomba, the eighth child of Henry Hilder, an engine driver from Sussex, and Elizabeth Hilder who was born in India. The family lived in a small weatherboard railway cottage in Mort Street owned by local merchant, Thomas Sutcliffe Mort. J.J. Hilder attended the Toowoomba North State School until the family moved to Brisbane in 1890. In Brisbane, he continued his education ...
Elizabeth Kenny was born in Warialda, N.S.W. on 20 September, 1880. At age 9 her family moved to the Clifton district and later to the Nobby district. When she was 18, Ms Kenny began training as a nurse in Sydney, but before completing her training, she returned to the Downs where she opened a small hospital at Clifton. ...
Patrick Leslie was born on 25th September 1815 at Warthill, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the second son of William Leslie, 9th laird of Warthill and 8th of Folla. Patrick left London in December 1834, arriving in Sydney in May 1835. By 1836 he was managing his uncle’s property at Collaroi in the Cassilis district of New South Wales, then rented Dunheved farm at Penrith for his own use. ...
Mr Jim Logan O.A.M (1933-2009) affectionately known as " Mr Clifton " was one of the most courteous, caring and knowledgeable residents who played a significant part in the community throughout his life and even after failing health restricted his ability to get about, continued to contribute to the district he loved. ...
James Marks was born in Yeovil, Somerset, England, the son of Paul Marks. He began working life in 1850 for building contractors, Joseph and Charles Rigby of Westminster as an office boy and storekeeper for the firm’s works at Bristol. After 1852 he began work as a carpenter for the same firm. Until 1859, Marks worked for this and other building firms on similar jobs but having taught himself construction, joinery ...
John Francis (Jack) McCafferty was born at Breakfast Creek, Brisbane on March 11, 1914, the son of James McCafferty, a railway engine driver, and Martha. The family moved to Warwick in 1919 where Jack attended Warwick East State School. They then moved to Toowoomba and Jack was enrolled at Wilson State School. Jack lived at his grandfather’s house in Gowrie Road (later renamed Bridge Street) during this time. ...
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