Lilley Estate, Toowoomba, 1902 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online.

Lilley Estate, Toowoomba 1902. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Lilley Estate, Toowoomba 1902. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1902 advertises 79 allotments of land for sale at the Lilley Estate in Toowoomba. The allotments were situated along Bridge Street, Lindsay Street, Shipley Street, Lilley Street and Mary Street.

Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in the Toowoomba and Brisbane newspapers.
"The Lilley Estate. By order of the Executors Late Sir Charley Lilley . This valuable residential area, overlooking the R.A. Society's Show Grounds, and having frontages to Bridge Street, Lindsay Street and Mary Street, is now subdivided into convenient residence sites...” (Darling Downs Gazette, August 8, 1902).

Advertisement for Lilly Estate. Published in The Darling Downs Gazette, August 12, 1902

Advertisement for Lilly Estate. Published in The Darling Downs Gazette, August 12, 1902

A public auction was held at the rooms of the auctioneers Scholefield and Godsall in Russell Street, on the morning of August 14, 1902. The Darling Downs Gazette newspaper reported the results of the sale, including the names of purchasers.

"Messrs Scholefield and Godsall report a most successful sale od the Lilley Estate, by auction, on Thursday. The following are the sales:- Allotments 1 and 2, Mr I. Abrahams; 3, Mr G.A. Godsall; 4, Mr J.A. Baxendell; 7 and 8, Mr W. Stewart; 9, 10, and 11, Mr D.G.V. Welsh; 12, Mr F.C. Kingston; 13 and 14, Mr J.G. Inwood; 15 and 16, Mr P. Ryan; 19 and 20, Mr G.A. Godsall; 21,22 and 23, Mr C.S. Eden; 24 and 24 , Mr J. Virgin; 31 and 32, Mr B.J. Beirne; 33 and 34, Mr Wm. Hodgen; 35 and 36 Mrs L. Baxter; 37 and 38, Mr W.T. Smith; 45 and 46, Mr I. Abrahams; 47, 48 and 49, Mr W. Barnes; 50 and 51, Mr I. Abrahams; 59, 60, 61 and 62, Mr P. Ryan; 63, Mr W.S. Lancashire; 64, Mr A.N. Stephens; 65 and 66, Mr V. Baxter; 67 and 68, Mrs L.Baxter; 75, Mr P.Ryan; 76,77,78 and 70, Mr W.H. Goodwin. There were 55 lots sold, totalling £1372 10s . Twenty-four lots remain unsold, including some splendid frontages to the R.A. Society's ground. The balance of the unsold portions is now for private sale at a very low figure." (Darling Downs Gazette, August 16, 1902)

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Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

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So excited to see this post. My Maag family lived in Shipley St Toowoomba around this time when they moved into town from Meringandan. Thank you for sharing, esp info about regional Queensland, and digitising this information. Keep up the absolutely fabulous work.

My grand father BJ Beirne bought lots 31 & 32. He was the first Toowoomba born Mayor , 1905 and represented Qld in 5 sports. Cricket, tennis, rowing polo & bowls.