Welcome to the News Website of the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society.
We will be posting regular updates of Society News and other Local Family History items.
Check down the left hand side of the page for links to some great Society resources and past news items.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Photo Album

We have recently opened a photo album of unidentified photos which for the most part pertain to Toowoomba and Darling Downs and nearby areas.

There are only a few photos there at present but I am gradually adding to them.

Can you help identify locations and people?

The photos can be enlarged by selecting the photo then the "download" button for an even larger version.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Roamin' Around Rockville

Roamin Around Rockville.

The recent publication by the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society, “Roamin Around Rockville”, explores the development of the Rockville suburb on the northern border of Toowoomba.

Rockville was first developed in 1901 as a residential area for the employees at the Willowburn Asylum, Willowburn Railways Workshops, and the Darling Downs Co-operative Bacon Factory, as well as other industries in the area.

This seventy-six page, fully indexed, book with photos, illustrations and maps looks at seventy local families, with chapters on the industries, businesses, hospitals, and schools within the Rockville area. It records the memories of the older residents who were interviewed for the project; further details of births, deaths, marriages, and occupations are also included for these families.

There is a chapter on the naming of the streets, and another on the aspects of the modern changing suburb.

Rockville was a close knit community, it was self sufficient, and it had its fair share of larrikins and hard working residents, traits that are still evident today.

The book is available from the Society for $20 AUD plus $3 postage in Australia.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Addition to Our Biographical Register

Our very popular Biographical Pioneer Register is now about to be expanded to a new Edition which will cover the time period up to 1920.
Do you have family from the Downs who settled here before 1920? If so we are sure you will be interested !

Coming Soon