Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Separation from NSW Started Queensland's Building Boom

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Separation from NSW Started Queensland's Building Boom

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THE year 1859 WAS considered "a dazzling year in the history of Ipswich".

Queensland's separation from New South Wales was granted and the first Governor Sir George Bowen accompanied by Lady Bowne paid an initial visit to Ipswich which extended to three days. It was on September 22 of that year that William Trotter completed the erection of the new courthouse cnr Roderick & East Sts, also George Thorn had an elaborate private residence built at the cnr East & Brisbane Sts and this later became the Palais Royal Hotel, and the historic Googs Terrace at West Ipswich was established.

Earlier buildings were associated with the limestone works near the Bremer River and the penal settlement at ploughed Station -- now Raceview -- but after Moreton Bay was proclaimed a free settlement in 1842 the buildings of Ipswich really began.

William Vowles, the first man married in Ipswich, was a pioneer timber getter of the Pine Mt Forest and he also was credited as "the toiler" who cleared the racecourse site at "The Grange" another part of his life was stated as "In 1843 he built a wooden hotel in Bell St known as "The Red Cow" and also erected the first house at Newtown. The position of the house was known as "Spring Gardens". The front section of the Ipswich Town Hall was opened by Sir George Bowen as a School of Arts on September 24, 1861; the Boys Grammar School opened its doors to students in 1863.

Unfortunately so many of the buildings from earlier days were demolished, among them being the Tattersall's Club and Lyndhurst which was first built as a university but later used as the North Australian Club.


Ipswich was always at the forefront of educational endeavours. Early papers show that the first school was commenced in 1859 and by 1863 seven others had been opened. These ranged from a "high class private school for girls to a private school of lower grades. …

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