SLHG Research Five – S&W Railway, Government Services, Residential Sub-Division and the Naming of the Suburb

The following papers and notes are part of the ongoing research undertaken by members of the St Lucia History Group. Whilst many are ‘work in progress’ they are being progressively uploaded to provide an on-line resource. Comments, corrections and contributions are welcome.

Generally referred to as Indooroopilly the St Lucia ‘pocket’ developed as a farming community in the 1860s and 70s. It wasn’t until the 1880s that thoughts turned to its potential as a more closely settled residential area.

Key players were William Dart who built the sugar mill, and William Alexander Wilson a Brisbane grocer/merchant turned developer. Residential Sub-Division in the 1880s outlines the speculative boom of this decade, and The Naming of St Lucia and Ironside how this came about.

Posties, Cops and Ferrymen examines the development of government services in the area and The Southern & Western Railway Brisbane Extension, constructed during the 1870s, the influence on development of adjoining suburbs. Relatively isolated much of St Lucia would have to wait another seventy years before it would experience any significant residential growth.


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Brisbane Square Library – Free talks series

Sunday 30 July 11am-12noon at the Brisbane Square Library. Join Dr Vale for an illustrated talk Australian garden designers in the twenty-first century. Garden historian and public speaker Dr Anne Vale has written history booklets and garden guides on heritage gardens such as Dalvui, Wombat Park, Durrol, Warroona Nursery and the Kyneton Botanic Garden. She is the author of Influential Australian Garden People: their stories and the award winning Exceptional Australian Garden Makers, which feature images from Australia’s top photographers. This is a free event but bookings are required by calling the library on 3403 4166

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Toowong and District Historical Society July Meeting

9.30am Friday 28 July 2017 at the Meeting Room, Toowong Library, Toowong Village Shopping Centre. For further information

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Toowong History Group July Meeting

7pm Wednesday 19 July 2017 at the Toowong Community Meeting Place, Josling Street, Toowong. This month Denver Beanland will give a talk on the evolution of the Brisbane City Council from the time of the building of the original Town Hall in Queen Street to the completion of our current City Hall. All welcome. For further details contact

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Indooroopilly and District Historical Society July Meeting

5 for 5.30pm Wednesday 12 July  2017 at the Meeting Room, Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Town. This month Denver Beanland will present Sir Thomas McIlwraith: the visionary one of Queensland’s significant colonial leaders who between 1870 and 1896, ‘thundered across Queensland’s political stage’. All welcome

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Vale Ted Dunlop

The Oxley-Chelmer History Group advises our members and those of other history associations of the sad death of our President, Ted Dunlop, on Saturday 30 June at the Wesley Hospital.

Ted was a foundation member of the History Group in 1996 and has served as President for most of the time since then.

Marion Mackenzie, Secretary. Ph: 3379 1967

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Biography of Henry William Mobsby (1860-1933) by Kaye Mobsby

As a resident of Indooroopilly for many years in the early part of the 20th century, Henry Mobsby would have been quite well known within the area due to his community involvement. He emigrated to Australia from England in 1883 and was living in Indooroopilly by the late 1890s, having previously lived in both Taringa and Toowong.

At St. Andrews Church of England he was a member of the choir and parochial council and he designed the sanctuary which Continue reading

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