Note Commercial Hotel (Site of current Cobb and Co Coach) and to the right the current old Welding Works Building
LOCAL history enthusiasts can learn about the beginnings of the eastern suburbs of Ipswich at a free historical information session being held at the Redbank Plains Library next month.
Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said the ‘Looking Back with Picture Ipswich – Our Eastern Suburbs’ session was returning for a second presentation due to popular demand. “An earlier session held at the Redbank Plaza Library branch in June was so well-received that we were unable to accommodate all interested people, so we are re-running the same program to give everyone a chance to attend,” Cr Pahlke said.
“The session, exploring the history of suburbs from Bundamba to Goodna, will be held at the Redbank Plains Library on Thursday, October 6 from 10am to 11.30am, with morning tea provided. “Staff will talk about the Picture Ipswich database, giving tips on searching and browsing by looking at historical images from the eastern suburbs of Ipswich.
“They will explain the processes library staff use to build the collection of images in Picture Ipswich, from when community members bring in images, to scanning the original photographs or documents, and adding informative records to make them available on-line for people to view.”
Cr Pahlke said the Picture Ipswich website at http://www.library.ipswich.qld.gov.au/ was launched on May 15, 2008 and is a collection of historical images, film, documents and oral histories of people and places in Ipswich. “It started off with 150 images but has now grown to have more than 4,200 images thanks to local residents who have brought items in and allowed us to scan them so they can be put on the website,” he said.
“We are very excited about this project and are keen to obtain as many historical pieces as we can and look forward to sharing them with everyone. “It’s a great way for Ipswich residents to learn more about their forebears and how this great city developed, what was happening in the past and how people lived.”
Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 3814 4855.

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