The Incinerator Theatre

In 1936, Walter Burley Griffin was contracted to design a municipal incinerator for Ipswich. George Brockwell Gill supervised the construction.  The incinerator was designed to process the rubbish generated by a city of 20,000 people, but by 1960 the population of Ipswich was twice this number. Use of...

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Wedding Bells: Foote and Outridge

Queensland Times, Thursday, April 11, 1895, p.5 – “Wedding of a quiet but interesting nature was celebrated at Bellevick, the residence of Mrs Joseph Foote, Denmark Hill, at 3 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon last, when Miss Esther Evelyn Foote, daughter of the late Mr Joseph Foote, was married...

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Neville Bonner AO

The Ipswich Art Gallery currently has a wonderful new display highlighting Neville Bonner and his career. The display will be open until August 15th, and the gallery is open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm. Australia’s first Indigenous Senator and former Ipswich resident Neville Bonner AO...

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Ipswich Immigration Depot

Referring to this article, the North Australian reported the following:  “An answer to the memorial of the inhabitants, praying that a moiety of the Immigrants by the Phoebe Dunbar should be forwarded, on their arrival, to this town, has been received from His Excellency the Governor General; and...

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Visit by West Moreton Anglican College students

On Wednesday 28 July, ten international students from Hong Kong visited the Ipswich Library.  The focus of their visit was to learn more about the history of the Ipswich area.  The students enjoyed learning about the online resource, Picture Ipswich, and were fascinated by the microfilm readers in...

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Ipswich to Bigge’s Camp Railroad

The first section from Ipswich to Bigge’s Camp of the Southern and Western Railway although not opened until the 31 July, was given a test run on Saturday 1 July, 1865 by some Ipswich locals.  The following report appeared in Local and General News in the Queensland Times dated...

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The Old Flour Mill ghost

Named as one of the region’s most-haunted locations in a book by dark historian Jack Sim, the Old Flour Mill will be auctioned this month. As noted in Jack’s book, Hubert, a young worker at the Flour Mill had been ill with Scarlet Fever.  Feeling better he returned...

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Mayors of Ipswich

John Murphy was born on the 25th September 1820 in County Cork, Ireland to Daniel Jervois Murphy and his wife, Susan (nee Godson).  He arrived in Ipswich in 1852 and became a Storekeeper and Commission Agent. In 1862 John married Hannah Julia (nee Smith) and they had six...

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An Invitation to Looking Back with Picture Ipswich

In 2008 Ipswich Library launched a new online resource.  The  resource was called Picture Ipswich  and is a collection of images, film, documents and oral histories, recording Ipswich’s past. Initially 150 images were available but the number of images featured on the site is now over 2500. You...

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