Plaques would be ideal to preserve Toowoomba history


WE NOW have the Kwong Sang Walk to acknowledge the influence that Mr Kwong had on the local community during the time he operated his store downtown those many years ago.

We are heartened to also have the renamed Mort Estate Hotel with its city boundary marker on the corner.

Would it not be a great thing for the council to agree to identifying markers on all major sites through out the city?

Twice over the past month, in two separate circumstances, I had occasion to speak with two young ladies who attended the Toowoomba State High School at Mt Lofty.

Neither of these girls had any idea that the school had been located at the corner of Hume and Margaret Sts for many, many years.

There is a sign on the opposite corner pointing out that that was the site of the original City Baths. If on one corner, why not on the other?

We should continue on and put a small plaque on sidewalks or buildings throughout the city as a tribute to those businesses and organisations that paved the way for what we enjoy today.

I read with sadness the editorial on the closure of the Mercer & Windley Newsagency.

As a young girl, this was our local newsagency.

A lovely young lady by the name of Veenie worked there.

And I wanted to be "just like her" when I grew up. One year, my mother bought me a large "stand-up" doll at Mercer & Windley - which was state-of-the-art for dolls at the time.

I called my beloved new friend Veenie after the lady at Mercer & Windley, and Veenie has travelled the world with me all these years and still sits on my bed to this day.

So I have a soft spot for Mercer and Windley Newsagency, and am very sad to see the business fall victim to today's economic pressures.

Walking along Ruthven and Margaret Sts, if one looks up to the top exterior of the buildings, there is a wealth of history to see by the noted dates of construction.

Now, wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a plaque attached indicating the history of the building?

We have The Carnival of Flowers. We have the Jondaryan Woolshed. We have The Bull's Head Inn.

We have the magnificent homes built in the 1800s to 1900s.

We have our trees. Why can't we have the history of our CBD buildings displayed on plaques on the wall, as is the practice in Europe?

I am sure visitors (and locals) would enjoy the interesting and informative history of our fabulous town.


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