In 1912 Tom Garrick established the now demolished Lyric Cinema in West End, and later the Rialto on Hardgrave Street. Both served the community in more roles than cinemas.
In 1947, the Miss Australia contest was in full swing and there were several Highgate Hill hopefuls, with interesting hobbies.
Ernie Lane, one of the participants of the ill fated socialist utopia founded in Paraguay in 1893, spoke to a journalist at his home in Highgate Hill in 1953 about his life.
In 1941, fears of aerial attacks led to the instigation of black-out exercises in Brisbane