Daly v Daley

Thanks to the research conducted by Historian Leisa Carney, the history of Quinalow’s reason for being continues to come to light. Current publicans of the Quinalow Pub are community characters Greg and Cheryl Daley. How interesting that the area was given its European life story by the Daly family. Although they do not share family lines, it is a name that will ring in the history of Quinalow for many, many years to come.

So the Daly Brothers’ influence on the growth of the District revolved around cheese. Brothers James, Patrick and John (sons of John Daly and Bridget Hanrahan) established the first butter and cheese factory on the Darling Downs in 1889 at Quinalow. The families took up a selection at Brymaroo in about 1870, then expanded through the generations to have a significant impact on the development of the local district. As well as the butter and cheese factory, there was the Daly Saw Mill at Quinalow, the Quinalow Hotel and the Post Office and general store at Peranga.

The sawmill was a boon for the district once the cheese factory flourished. In the early days, breaking down of logs was still done by pit sawing. In 1903 they built the larger mill at Quinalow….then a planing machine was added later. The mill employed 12 men housed in barracks and later houses for married workers. In 1905 the Daly brothers bought a steam traction engine for carting sawn timber to rail. There were also mills established in the Bell area all close to the Bunya Mountains.

Brother Patrick became engaged to Miss Leahy, Quinalow’s first school teacher. He donated 10 acres of land for the school, and the brothers donated the timber for the school which was completed on 26th February 1901. Sadly Patrick had ‘a terrible accident at his sawmill’ and despite ‘medical skill and good nursing’ at St Denis’ Private Hospital in Toowoomba he passed away at the age of 30 in 1904. Miss Leahy never married after her loss.

The very significant legacy and community spirit of the Daly brothers still lives on. Their vision of building the hotel to give the workers a recreation space is well and truly carried on through the same vision and hard work of Greg and Cheryl and the modern day Quinalow community.


Could the smile on Morgan’s face have been any wider?

With all the excitement running high at seeing your cricketing hero playing at the Metricon Gold Coast cricket grounds, Morgan couldn’t predict how much more exciting her day was going to get.

At the T20 match where the Australian Women’s Team were playing, Australian Wicket Keeper, Alyssa Healy, her sporting hero, put in a strong athletic effortagainst India to end with a great result, but her wicket keeping gloves were worn out.

Morgan’s day then had sunshine beaming everywhere when Alyssa came to the boundary fence and gave those gloves to this delighted fan at the end of the match. Morgan was emotionally overcome.

Ok, so that’s where this story takes another turn. A champion athlete giving match gear to adoring fans is not so unusual these days, but this champion received more information which lead to something MOST unusual. The woman sitting next to Morgan and her family sent a message to Alyssa sharing how much Morgan had loved and appreciated the gloves.

Alyssa then replied that if they could find the family, and they could come back on the Sunday, she would sign the gloves.

Thanks to emails, finding seat number, contacting the family and extending that invite to return, the dream was about to get better.

You know when your head and heart are pounding in unison and you can’t quite take something in, well that’s what happened. Morgan’s mum was ovetwhelmed by Alyssa’s generosity and the trouble she had gone to.

So it was back to the grounds and the absolute joy of meeting her role model again. Not only did she sign the gloves, but presented Morgan with a personalised signed shirt as well.

What a fantastic gesture on Alyssa’s part. No wonder women’s cricket is gaining such a following, when humility, dignity and the goal of building young girls’s dreams are the principles we see here.

Since that excitement, Morgan has been an even stronger, more determined young wicket-keeping player, as a regional rep and we expect to see her name on an Australian shirt in the not too distant future.

Photo by Patrick Case on Pexels.com

Thank you Alyssa Healy for all you do!

Branding and Your Business – not just important, it is essential

There’s something quietly exciting about arranging to go on holidays – the discussion about the destination, the timing, the style of clothes to suit the weather, and the expectations on arrival. It’s an adventure you are investing time and considerable money in to. So too is the experience of Blogging your Business. You feel the excitement of getting the look and feel of your branding humming and the impact of words reflecting your style and personality.

Branding is much more than the logo that people associate with your business. It is the story behind the logo, the font, the colours and the images. That is where Blogging brings home the bacon! It takes branding to the next level. It is a smart business move to invest in bringing your personality to your potential clients.

So while you have your holiday downtime relaxing, let MollyB Blogging get your 2022 business off to a great fresh start by boosting your branding.

Season special – package of 3 blogs $150 if booked before Fri 3rd December. Limited slots available – book now.

Trinity Rose and Friends

Just discovered this delightful Aladdin’s cave of local Australian quality crafted wares. As I stepped through the door in to this beautifuly appointed street level shop in Matilda House on the corner of Russell and Station Streets, I was mesmerised by the vibrant geometric designs in the reception area. A very colourful welcome indeed.

Life for small crafty business people (mainly women) has been tough! Trinity Rose and Friends provides a network for sharing display space, making new friends, appreciating the talents and creativity of others and a cosy cuppa after the fun of its workshops. Networking at its best!

Having a number of craftspeople offering their wares in the one place is a definite bonus for market lovers. The advantage of inner city convenience just up the road from the refurbished Russell Street precinct, and in the cool upper section where Tinker, the Irish Club Hotel, Betros and tempting cafes abound, means there is plenty to attract browsers and gift-buyers alike ro this area……and plenty of parking in front, around the corner or across near the Railway Station is a bonus.

With Christmas gift buying high on the agenda, I was lucky enough to catch and save the date for this Saturday 27th November from 6.30-8.30pm for the VIP Christmas Shindig– so much more than just stocking fillers – great quality and value. Shop local! Shop weather safe! Shop away from the sameness of the malls.

With this much talent in the one place, you are sure to find something for all ages and tastes.

The six stockists currently in the shop are Tinker’s Alex Stalling and her funky ear rings; Fabu Couture sewing – mother and 10 year old daughter Isabella partnership; Dragon and the Unicorn; Utopia Homewares; Trinity Rose Creations and Missy’s S Sweet Soy Candles. What a wonderfully diverse range of hand crafted wares to choose from.

Dragon and Unicorn

Trinity Rose believes in giving back to the community, and the occasional stalls and events at open markets or people ‘liking’ Tony’s Community Kitchen online have resulted in donations to help others. Locals supporting Locals is what Toowoomba is noted for.

Trinity Rose and Friends needs to be on Santa’s stopping list, and definitely on yours.

Travlyn for House and Pet Sitting

Just getting prepared in anticipation of late 2022 Travlyn to the UK and Paris hopefully…..this outlines my house/pet sitting portfolio. If you have reptiles, guniea pigs, rabbits, fish or hedgehogs you would like looked after, then I would love to expand my repertoire πŸ€—πŸŒ» i also care for pet plants and gardens. πŸ‡πŸŽ„πŸŒ»πŸπŸͺ³

Lyndall Hill

(Blogging as MollyB Blogging) www .travlyn.wordpress.com

17 Atkinson St, South Toowoomba  4350. –  email  connectingthedots1234@gmail.com

Dear prospective House Sit Seeker

As well as sharing my background with you at a pre-sit meeting either face to face or via Zoom, to make a pet/house sit as smooth as possible, and not forget important information, I like to provide the following checklist and share my contact details.  Thank you for putting your trust in me.


.  The name of the pet/s, daily routine, any medications, grooming needs, walking (for dogs)

.  The contact details of your vet and any pet insurance details in case of emergencies

.  Food requirements, fussy brands/habits, volumes, drinking etc

.  Litter tray changing details

.  Is the pet/s able to be left during the day for time to go shopping or for a walk etc?

.  Pet sleeping arrangements – for restful sleep for all, no pets on my bed

.  How often do you want updated images?

.  In case of escape?

House:  Your contact details while away please

.  Locking and unlocking

.  Mail collection – do you want photos of the mail envelopes?

.  Is there unlimited wifi access?  As I work remotely this is an important need for me

.  Operating instructions for tv, microwave etc –

.  Watering of plants?

.  Any gardening needs?

.  When do the bins go out?

.  Are you expecting any deliveries or tradesmen?

.  Is there a neighbour or local family member or friend who has a key to the house?

.  Any special instructions?

.  I supply my own bed linen, pillow and food, and car.  No payment on either side is expected, but a post-sit review is appreciated.

Recent Sits and recommendations:

.  Belinda Baird – Mt Cotton β€œThank you taking such good care of our dogs” Bagley and Pippa. I have been invited back early 2022 to look after the gentle giant boxers again.

.  Hannah Skerman – Middle Ridge, Toowoomba  – β€œJust wanted to leave a review of Molly B who recently house sat for us while we were away.  She was absolutely incredible looking after our house and 2 dogs.  Nothing was too much trouble, daily updates and we have already booked her for our next trip.  She is a genuine person and just made the experience so easy and gave us no reason to worry at all.  Highly recommend getting in touch with her if you need someone reliable, nice and super easy to deal with.” Have been asked back fir the fourth sit in early December.

. Kait Moore – Molly has often sat with our dogs and current cat Alli over the years, and is reliable, tidy, obliging and very responsible.

Looking after rescue horses and cats was a delight. Learnt lots and built enough confidence with the horses to take a few riding lessons as well.

Looking forward to a UK experience soon.

Leslie Dam

Not really knowing this hilltop rest area overlooking Warwick’s Lesie Dam, I was pleasantly surprised that it had more to offer than large concrete wall. The carpark and rest area certainly overlook the expanse of the town’s water supply, and while some may might find it a tad underwhelming after a few minutes, it appeals because of the calm, contemplative nature of the water, even if you can’t really comprehend or appreciate the engineering feat behind it.

A wander around the site brought us to the remains of – large concrete blocks which we all tried to guess the purpose behind – construction we believe! Fortunately, as with most publicly funded projects, there was an information board which helped us out in the shelter overlooking the wall.

Though not as inviting a spot for walks, fishing or picnics as others around Warwick, it is an interesting drive close to the Kart Track and the historic Sandy Creek Hotel just a short drive down the road, and the toilets are in good condition.

I’ve Found a Rare Breed in Toowoomba

When a local businesswoman wins three finalist spots in the Business Excellence Awards in this year’s categories, you know you have discovered a rare breed. Kim Cahill is a much admired and recognised local identity both in Toowoomba and on her homeground of Highfields. Her life has been one centred around family and her energy and commitment has grown from the principles of family, serving the community and building her business modelled by her parents, Bernie and Lyn Carney.

One of six children in a family where hard work in the family businesses was a given, Kim considers herself a country girl at heart. Her understanding of the life and loves of hard-working, hard-living country folk has permeated her life’s decisions, and is what drives her to serve the community through supporting the sole traders and micro mum and dad businesses.

It is not just her distinctive hair or her ready-for-everyone smile that you remember about her, as Kim has the knack of listening intently to your conversation, and being able to grasp the essence of the dreams and goals of each and every person with whom she connects.

She thrives on giving. Her instincts to help others have been practised in her roles as a mother and doting grandmother; her unstinting volunteering while her children Clayton and Naomi were at school; supporting her husband, Bill, in his Councillor campaigns and roles; to establishing free posts and profiles for thousands of local businesses via her Toowoomba&Darling Downs website, Facebook and Instagram platforms and providing a business model to sustain these initial investments in local growth. Her genuine concern for these smaller entities lead to Kim co-founding the Highfields Business Development group which has now matured in to its own Chamber of Commerce. Kim sees a need and is willing to offer her support and services to meet the need.

Nothing epitomises this more than her leading role in 2021 in bringing the plight of the regional Wedding Industry to the Toowoomba Community, where she and her team were instrumental in the support of peak industry body ABIA Weddings motivating the local vendors to move towards making Toowoomba a top national Wedding Destination.

Not content with this major achievement, Kim offered social media sponsorship support to the launch of Word Fest 2022. This vibrant program bringing more prominence to Toowoomba’s depth of writers, book sellers, illustrators, wordsmiths and readers in 2022 will also highlight Toowoomba as a diverse destination experience, bringing many visitors to the region Kim loves. As MC on the day of the launch, Kim delighted the more than 25 authors and organisers represented there with her offer of ongoing social media sponsorship for the year ahead. Such a community leader!

Kim is a giver first and foremost, and so very many of us, including myself, have been the recipients of her generosity of time, clothes (living the principles of Zero Waste she shares in that FB group she developed), support of community charities such as Project School Formal, volunteering her services as a speaker or MC at fundraisers or the coffees and chats she loves to share.

Despite 2020 and 2021 throwing up significant medical and work challenges, Kim has not only met them with grace, dignity and realism, but she has taken on new pathways, continued building her networks, business skills and acumen, and guided many along the way. I am privileged to know the person ‘behind the scenes’.

There are not many people who genuinely support those who could be potential competitors in this tough pandemic world, but Kim Cahill is that rare breed – an open-hearted community champion. On behalf of the region and the lives you have touched, Kim – THANK YOU!

Gateway to the Bunyas – Quinalow, Maclagan, and Peranga

Quinalow ‘s history can’t really be separate from that of Maclagan or Peranga as they are such close neighbours and the community spirit intertwines. They also form the Gateway to the Bunyas. Together they provide a shared experience for the traveller or the local alike…. a lot to see and a lot of fun.

Maclagan’s convenience store is a quirky stop. A mix of old and new, provisions for tourists and basic items for the locals, and good homestyle takeaways, this store requires a lengthy look.

And the place really bristles with the pride and recognition of the sons of the area whose service is forever remembered.

While the Memorials in the Park at Maclagan holds the names of the servicemen of the district, Greg Daley, the Quinalow Publican, makes sure the ANZAC Day service is alive and well up the road. From very humble beginnings Greg solemnly hoisted the flag on the footpath pole outside the hotel on his own as a Dawn Service personal tribute. Today’s annual community rallying around the flag now shows how much the community appreciates his gesture and it is now a proud community tradition. A service at Maclagan on the previous day brings out the school children to march and respectfully remember and they will hopefully continue to keep the traditions alive.

Maclagan boasts the annual Australian Squeezebox Festival – a hoot for the grey nomads and locals. There are plenty of nearby local historic sites, the Wineries, the Museum and the Alex Campbell Park. Take your pick, then head to chat with Greg and Cheryl a stone’s throw down the road at the Quinalow Pub.

For the history or aviation buffs……no this is not the plane that crashed………..stay tuned for that story in the next blog.

Maclagan is in farming heartland and the local meatworks helps keep the little community alive.

In the other direction from the Quinalow intersection is the road to Peranga. While Quinalow has a great Prep to Year 10 school, the cricket/sporting grounds, mechanic garage and well-maintained library, and shares the facilities above with its Maclagan neighbour, the third prong in the Gateway to the Bunyas is Peranga.

Maclagan has the memorials and Peranga has the burial places. It is a short drive down the road to visit the well-cared for cemetery and to see the Peranga Bowls Club which provides another outlet for the community and special events.

If you have thoughts of satisfying your curiosity about the Bunya Mountains, then plan for a day or two at its Gateway. There are friendly community members on hand to point you in the right direction, and always a friendly yarn, the convenience of a caravan park and a few cold drinks and a great meal at the pub.

French delights Toowoomba Style

Annie from ParisiAnn Patisserie is a delight herself, but it is the delicious pastries that bring us back time and time again. French favourites have inspired Annie and Mark to produce a little ray of French sunshine in their Mort Estate cafe.

Quality training and practice have ensured that these sweet delights capture the essence of their vision and show their professional skills. Annie’s has been cooking professionally for 20 years in a variety of settings and has a background in community services. Her youthful appearance which she puts down to a good skincare regime, belies her age and mothering of her young children – I obviously need to eat more pastries to have such a youthful glow. The other part of the story is Annie’s life partner, chef Mark who cut his professional taste buds both here and overseas.

About six years ago when looking at pathways options, armed with sound quals, an apprenticeship and a Diploma in Business, growing a family, and Mark’s global food adventures and background and experience, Annie and Mark looked to offer a speciality dessert, pastries option for Toowoomba…..definitely lacking at the time. Loving her career journey and eager to launch their own cafe, finding the perfect location was the next step. It meant taking in to consideration a ‘just out of the cbd’ location, and suddenly a two-week turnaround converting the existing Thai restaurant in to their dream cafe meant the dream was becoming a reality very quickly once they discovered the Mort Estate shopping centre and could see its potential.

So ParisiAnn Patisserie (cool name playing on its French style and Annie’s name) had a soft launch, with curious locals dropping in…. time and time again. Breakfasts became popular, and after requests for additions to the basic menu, they noticed more and more requests for gluten free options. So began their amazing accommodation of the ‘search for the perfect gf pastry’ that coeliacs like myself crave. Rich classic cookery options were the foundation for the menu, then trial and more trials meant adapting these culinary classics to magical gf melt in your mouth beauties. What gf heaven!

It was never really on the original plan to specialise in this genre, but understanding the gf issues, riding a huge learning curve about ingredients, and what does and doesn’t convert to gf has been amazing. Its popularity for its gf goodies has grown beyond Toowoomba, and they have orders going to all points from NSW to Qld’s western border, to both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Brisbane. We don’t mind as long as there is plenty for us – the locals!

SO ..

what makes ParisiAnn Patisserie different?

Locals who return often and have become friends; neighbouring mutually supportive businesses in the centre; a location that fringes the cbd on a prominent street; a distinct gf speciality range of sweets and now working on the savoury range; word of mouth recommendations and testimonials for all their range and THE CAKES!……..come taste the difference!

As a recent cake customer for our Word Fest event, I knew I wanted something gf that looked like an open book…….hey, if you can’t eat what you order, there is no advantage! So Annie made a layered square vanilla spongey cake with butter cream covering. Difficult to do, and certainly no easy feat to pipe words on top – the cake was absolutely delicious, and was a big hit at our launch event. Sure, I know it is much more satisfying for Annie to make more traditonal cake styles and icing, but it is all a learning journey, and I know what I would change for my next gf order for a milestone birthday coming up. Annie’s attention to our needs was very much appreciated! Another regular customer was our beautiful MC, Kim Cahill, who spreads the word near and far about this little French delight.

COVID challenges overcome and a bright outlook for the future is what keeps Annie working hard and balancing her quality family time with her much-loved career. And Mark is alongside every step of the way.

Parking here is easy, the friendly welcome is genuine and the food shouts YUM! Start your return relationship with ParisiAnn Patisserie today.

#cakestoo7woomba #gftoowoomba #parisiannpatisseries

A Ghost in Room Number 1

Daisy May was not happy with the whoops and hollers of the Melbourne Cup Day antics. So why would the Quinalow Pub care about Daisy May? And who was or is Daisy May?

Well, Daisy May’s presence at the pub is legendary.

Born as Daisy May Williams on 2 April 1918 in Quinalow, the second daughter of Thomas Williams and Victoria Marie Clappier, Daisy lived the life of a country child at Bymaroo, Jondaryan until her engagement in 1941. Her life as a married woman began when she took on the role of wife of Malcolm Francis Pottinger.

Daisy was a striking looking woman.

Sadly her life took a tragic turn. When she was driving from Quinalow to Peranga on 18 May 1962 she was involved in a car accident which claimed her life at age 44. It was believed that she had been decapitated. Historian Leisa Carney has applied for the record of the accident and is waiting patiently for it to arrive.

As with all good yarns, her ghost supposedly lives on in Room Number 1 at the pub…..looking to reattach her head and get a drink from the friendly publican couple.

A regular visitor to the pub, swears blind, probably on a bottle of his favourite whisky rather than a bible, that while he was sleeping in the room, he felt the weight of someone sitting on the end of the bed watching him. When he went for breakfast the next morning he asked Cheryl if she had been in the room, which she laughingly denied, he put it down to the ghost of Daisy May…..and so the yarns gain a life of their own.

What do you think?

The Daisy May Pottinger Room…….come and stay snd see if she visits.