150 Years of Toowoomba Through The Chronicle Lens

The Chronicle Photographers

Elephant racing in Ruthven Street,
Toowoomba in 1968.

Come and celebrate 150 years of Toowoomba's own newspaper, The Chronicle and enjoy the stories and images in the 150 Years of Toowoomba Through The Chronicle Lens exhibition at Cobb+Co Museum.

A highlight of the exhibition is a Walkley Award winning image by The Chronicle staff photographer Nev Madsen of a dramatic rescue on Dent Street, Toowoomba during the flood of 10 January 2011.  The image recently won the Best Community and Regional Photography category and is currently in the running for the News Photographer of the Year award.

The exhibition also features the work of The Chronicle staff photographers Kevin Farmer, Dave Noonan and Bev Lacey including:

  • an elephant race down Ruthven Street, featuring former 60 minutes reporter Ian Leslie;
  • a car that had driven off a bridge while towing a caravan; and
  • a man comforting a horse that had fallen in a well.

The work of Toowoomba artist Deborah Beaumont, who celebrated The Chronicle's milestone with a series of work created from press plates and the “spoils” from the press adds an unusual aspect to the exhibition.

A selection of “ZINES” created from The Chronicle by art students from the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE will also be on display, along with a series of photographs supplied by members of the public for The Way We Were, a popular section of The Chronicle. These photographs tell the history of the city and surrounding areas in an often unique and quirky way.

Event Details

21 October 2011 - 03 January 2012