Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers needs your help

In just four months the 70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will take over the regional city with a sea of colour, some 180,000 bulbs and seedlings all nurtured to bloom perfectly to welcome some 250,000 fans of this extraordinary event.

As part of the 70th anniversary celebration, a special display of memorabilia from the past seven decades will be curated in Toowoomba City Hall and organisers are keen for members of the community to contribute to the display. They need your help!

Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Committee Chair, Cr. Geoff McDonald said, “We are calling on everyone to see if they have any memorabilia that we could use to pay tribute to 70 years of Carnival! We are looking for old newspaper clippings, videos, props, ribbons, trophies or photographs specifically linked to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Video footage of the Carnival would be particularly wonderful for us to be able to share with the wider community and to preserve for future generations,” he said.

“We are also wanting to ensure we have contact details for all of the past Carnival Quest Queens. If all the past Quest Queens could please contact us that would be wonderful!”

“At the program launch recently we welcomed Toowoomba local, Felicity Schubert whose mother Maureen Kistle (later Lady Schubert) graced the cover of the 1956 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Souvenir Program and was the 1955 Miss Australia. Felicity has graciously lent us the programs and sashes for the exhibition.”

“In addition, we have connected with Kate Logan of South Toowoomba and her grandmother Elizabeth Cornford of Kearney’s Spring who watched the very first Carnival Parade on October 28, 1950 when she was just eight years old. Her memories are wonderful, and for us to celebrate these is truly special.”

Members of the community who have items they think could be interesting, fun, quirky and unforgettable for exhibition are asked to phone Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Memorabilia Display Coordinator Jacqui Aldridge on 131 872.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: September 20 to 29, 2019.

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