The King George V. Memorial Scout Hall

The King George V. Memorial Scout Hall on Milford Street was officially opened on Saturday 7 August 1937. It was to be the new home for the 2nd Ipswich Scout Group. The 2nd Ipswich Scout Group had its origins in 1923, when it was launched by Mr Val...

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On this day

The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) visited Ipswich ninety years ago on Wednesday 6 April 1927. The Royal train left Toowoomba that morning, stopping briefly at Gatton and Laidley before arriving at Ipswich Station at 1.00 pm where they were...

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Matthew Devine Brady – Boer War soldier of Ipswich

Private Matthew Devine Brady of Brassall was one of “The Ipswich Volunteers” of October 1899. This local contingent of 11 men included Sergeant Loynes, Sergeant Paten, Private Michael Egan, Private Daniel Pope, Private George Seymour, Private George Tomlinson, Private Hermann of Lowood. They belonged to the 1st Queensland...

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The Girls Friendly Society in Ipswich, Queensland

The Girls Friendly Society, also known as G.F.S., first began in Ipswich in 1902. Originating in England in 1874, the society was formed with the goal of providing unmarried girls, particularly those who had moved away from family for work, with friendship and support. The society came under...

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World War II Air Raid Shelters in Ipswich

As early as March 1939 World War I veteran Eric Stevens of Redbank was suggesting that Ipswich make preparations to defend the city against air attack. He feared that Ipswich’s river location, sizeable population and industries would make it a target. He was not the only one. The...

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When “Banjo” Came To Town

Famous for the creation of bush ballads “Waltzing Matilda” and “The Man from Snowy River”, Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson was also a solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and soldier. Many people are probably aware that Banjo wrote “Waltzing Matilda” in 1895 while holidaying at Dagworth Station near Winton. However, what is likely...

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Whiteheads Studios: Keeping Our History Alive

If you have lived in Ipswich you are sure to have heard of Whiteheads Studios, or even had your photo taken by them. For over a century they have been producing images of Ipswich and its community, from family portraits, wedding photos, school and sport photos. On Friday...

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Vi Jordan recognised

Vi Jordan has been recognised by having the new seat of Jordan named after her in the Queensland Redistribution Commission’s proposal for the redistribution of the State’s electoral districts.  Jordan – one of four electorates in the Ipswich area – is located between Bundamba and Logan and includes Springfield. It...

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Right Royal Welcome

Years before The Beatles or The Rolling Stones came to Australia, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother visited Ipswich. It was a rock star welcome. 12000 loyal subjects greeted Her Royal Highness at Queen’s Park including approximately 5000 excited, flag-waving school children. Some waited 8 hours in the heat...

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