Toowoomba is Queensland's largest inland city. It occupies a commanding position atop the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, 700 metres above sea level. As the regional capital for the Darling Downs, Toowoomba has long been a major centre for commerce, industry and education. Wealthy pastoralists sent their offspring to one of the many private schools where they mixed with the children of local merchants and professionals. With suburban growth, especially since World War II, a stately city centre with lush parklands has had to compete with huge suburban shopping centres.

Further Reading: 

Robert Dansie, Morass to municipality: celebrating Toowoomba's 125th year as a municipality, Toowoomba, Darling Downs Institute Press, 1985

The Darling Downs, Queensland: illustrated and described, Toowoomba, Richard F. Stephens and David A. Ogilvie, 1906

Bert Hinchliffe, Toowoomba sketchbook, Adelaide, Rigby, 1977

Brian Hinchliffe, ed, They meant business: an illustrated history of eight Toowoomba enterprises, Toowoomba, Darling Downs Institute Press, 1984

Paul McNally, ed, School ties: a history of private schooling in Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Darling Downs Institute Press, 1989

Toowoomba: garden city of the Downs, Blackburn, Vic, Research Publications, 1985

This is the story of Toowoomba's first 100 years, Toowoomba, Toowoomba City Council, 1960

Centenary Heights, Cranley, Darling Heights, Drayton, East Toowoomba, Glenvale, Harlaxton, Harristown, Kearneys Spring, Middle Ridge, Newtown, North Toowoomba, Rangeville, Rockville, South Toowoomba, Toowoomba Regional Council and Wilsonton entries


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