Since the early 1960s, the Torbreck apartment building on Highgate Hill has been a Brisbane landmark. It stands on the site of a colonial era house of the same name.
Dornoch Terrace is lined with productive tamarind trees. Their history dates back to the 1850s.
The original bridge on Dornoch Terrace passing over Boundary Street was built in the 1880s. The current bridge was the first stage of a river crossing that was never built.
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.
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.
James Allen was cofounder of the Allen and Stark company, later taken over by Myers. He and his wife built the beautiful ‘Wairuna’ on Hampstead Road.
Highgate 1947 and a accident resulted in all but one bottle of milk in a truckload being broken.
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.