In 1941, fears of aerial attacks led to the instigation of black-out exercises in Brisbane. The first casualty was in Highgate Hill and inflicted by a dog! In 1942, householders were being urged to construct back yard air raid shelters.
Nowadays the internet and mobile phones are our preferred technologies for telecommunication. However the introduction of the automatic telephone to Brisbane in the last century was a great leap forward at the time.
How much society norms regarding the rearing of children have changed is brought home by these stories from not that long ago.
In a classic case of how disputes between neighbours can escalate, in 1930 a problem with crowing roosters ended up in the High Court of Australia.
Over the years descriptions of a number of unusual Highgate Hill thefts have appeared in newspapers including a yodelling milk money thief and an audacious gas meter thief.
In Highgate Hill a little over a hundred years ago there was a real risk to life and limb from loose animals.
Queensland's Golden Casket Art Union supported our health system for 90 years
The first night tennis tournament in Brisbane took place in Highgate Hill in 1924
Moving personal stories of the impact of war on our little suburb of Highgate Hill give us a glimpse of what the nation went through in those difficult years.
Delivery of a letter from Highgate Hill to the city by the next day was expected in 1885, preferably with the morning delivery!