Council adds 10,000th image to Picture Ipswich database

A TREASURE trove of Ipswich images can be viewed by the community through the Picture Ipswichwebsite.
Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said this wonderful online resource had now reached a new milestone.  “Picture Ipswichhas grown since it was launched in 2008 and it Now contains 10,000 images on a variety of topics including photographs, oral histories, historical documents, film and much more,” Cr Pahlke said.  “There are images of disasters in Ipswich, such as the 1893, 1974 and 2011 floods, the fire at Reid’s Department Store as well as events such as Ipswich Little Theatre productions, concerts and school events.  “Also included are Images and documents from the iconic businesses such as Cribb and Foote,
TC Beirne, and Golebys. 
“The Picture Ipswich database is also home to photographs of buildings both past and present. “These images reflect the growth of Ipswich over the past 150 years, construction sites and demolition sites. “Picture Ipswich also contains a wide range of photographs of Ipswich businessmen, families, sporting figures, weddings, sporting groups and well-known identities from through the years.”  Cr Pahlke said council was thrilled to have added the 10,000th image to the database.
This image shows Alfred Lowe in his grocery shop on the corner of Warwick Rd and Park St in 1960.  Alfred worked at Cribb and Foote and then went into partnership with Martin Glover to run the grocery store on Warwick Rd.
Later, Alfred and his brother, Fred purchased the store and the firm traded under the name of Lowe Brothers. Alfred died in 1962 and his sons managed the shop for many years afterwards. From the 1980s this building would have numerous tenants especially a number of restaurants.
It is currently trading as the Wild Poppy Cafe.  At the time it was owned by the Lowes it was known as Lowes’ corner shop.  “This photograph is a wonderful reflection of the images which are located on Picture Ipswich for the community to use and enjoy and I encourage everyone to take the time to explore the database for themselves.”  All images are available for the community to view via the internet at:
Picture Ipswich is a unique database designed to provide a wonderful historical resource for future generations.
“We are bringing together images of Ipswich in the past and present so in the future there will be a record of the evolution and growth of our city.
“This collection of historical photographs and documents preserves and records the growth of the city from its earliest beginnings to the Ipswich of today.
“These images provide an insight into its people, families, places, businesses, way of life, and historical events and act as a valuable tool for researchers, students and the  community in general to help them learn more about Ipswich and its people.
“The community is invited to contribute their own images to Picture Ipswich.  “All items we receive are scanned and uploaded to the website, and the originals returned to the owner as soon as possible. “Staff can scan slides, negatives, glass plates, prints and record digital images. The collection currently includes diverse subjects and collections such as:
If you would like to contribute to the Picture Ipswich historical collection, contact the Library’s Digital Archivist by calling 3810 7272 or e-mailing

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