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!
In 1941, a pregnant 19 year Highgate Hill woman is refused permission by her father to marry her 21 year old soldier sweet heart. A magistrate agrees with her father, preventing the marriage.
In the 1930s it was worthwhile for criminals to produce counterfeit coins as their buying power was still significant and times were tough.
In 1926, a horse drawn dray can’t get moving up steep Gladstone Road. A passing tram gives it a hand.
Highgate 1947 and a accident resulted in all but one bottle of milk in a truckload being broken.
In 1902 boys enjoyed swimming in the Brisbane River but they had to share it with sharks.
The use of lamps posed a great risk in wooden houses, sometimes with tragic results.
In 1905, a wealthy young girl’s party in Highgate Hill is described, with an interesting present for the winner of a game.
This verbatim account from the driver of a horse drawn cab is probably as risqué as newspaper articles got in 1906.