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Getting to Toowoomba

Did you know Toowoomba once had it's very own lighthouse?

Local residents call for safer roads.

Due for completion in mid 2019, the second range crossing demonstrates the persistence of the people of the Darling Downs. The first pass through the Dividing Range, Spicer’s Gap was located in 1827 by Allan Cunningham. He returned with seven men in 1828 to explore the area west of Moreton Bay and discovered a second pass. Cunningham’s Gap was not suitable for wheeled vehicles and in 1840 Lieut. Owen Gorman was tasked with finding a suitable pass for bullock wagons in order that supplies could be brought from Moreton Bay to the Darling Downs. In addition, he was to investigate the shootings of local Aborigines by newly arrived settlers, and discover the murderers of Granville Stapylton, Assistant Surveyor. With the help of escaped convict, John Baker, Gorman was successful in the discovery of a new pass, and it became known as Gorman’s Gap.

Taking up to a week to travel from Toowoomba to Brisbane by bullock dray, Gorman’s Gap was treacherous and was dubbed Hell Hole Road.

The Old Toll Bar Road

With the settlement of Toowoomba growing fast, in 1853 a gang of 12 workers set about constructing the Toll Bar Road which opened in January of 1855. The Toll Bar Road was hazardous, and residents campaigned the state government in the 1920’s for improvements. Toowoomba’s longest serving mayor, Alderman James Annand opened the light house near the top of the Old Toll Bar Road in 1927 to warn motorists to use a low gear. In 1932 it was declared a state highway, but it wasn’t until 1938 that construction of the new down lane began, relocating the entrance of the Warrego to its current location.

What’s on in Toowoomba

Are you wondering what you should do this weekend? Why not try Karate. GKR Karate caters for kids from just five years old right up to adult classes at a number of venues around town.

Incidentally

Gorman never found Stapylton’s murderers and the shootings were never confirmed.

https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/data/UQ_246311/Qld_heritage_v3_no4_1976_p24_p38.pdf. Gorman's Gap by J. K, Jarrott, F,C,A.

Biography - Allan Cunningham - Australian Dictionary of Biography. Adb.anu.edu.au. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/cunningham-allan-1941. Cunningham, Allan (1791–1839) by T. M. Perry.

TOLL BAR ROAD. - LIGHTHOUSE ERECTED. OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY. TOOWOOMBA, May 8. - The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) - 9 May 1927. Trove. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/21822636.


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