What an extraordinary beginning – the birth of the Quinalow Pub

Establishing a community based around a butter and cheese factory, sawmill and school, the Daly brothers and their employees worked extremely hard to make this late 1880s and early 1900s venture a success. Once the risk started to pay off, their attention and capital turned to the accommodation and welfare of their workers. Hard yakka plus a cold drink at the end of the day’s work meant contented employees. So the introduction of the hotel boosted community wellbeing – and perhaps more spirits than those served behind the bar.

The original hotel was transported from its location at the junction of the Drayton-Wellcamp and Oestrich Roads at Wellcamp near Toowoomba to its Quinalow site. Its exact time frame is a little murky, but these historic photos show its original location in 1903 and its relocation to Quinalow in approximately 1918. But what a challenge that must have been!

The hotel has endured through the changes on the 20th century, when the surrounding area grew to supply the demand of the Quinalow, Peranga and Brymaroo communities. Life was simple, and self-sufficiency was the norm. Those hightop loaves bring back the smells and flavour of freshly baked bread, and the sight of the flour-covered baker. Great newspaper articles help preserve or jog the memories of the long-established local families.

The Daly family’s vision, hard work and fair treatment of its labour force saw the growth the area needed. Part of the community growth was around its social activities and the spread of the motor vehicles designed both for leisure or for tough work, saw a balance of both.

The Quinalow Hotel has moved with the times and before the sports grounds and library became core features, the pub was THE place for community. In the photos below, supplied by current publican and jovial character, Greg Daley, the trucks delivering the kegs for the pub only used the front entrance, while the truck which doubled as a school bus collected the children from the side entrance to avoid the issue of proximity of minors to the alcohol. There is always a compromise!

The outward style of the pub changed considerably over the years. The original pub burnt down in 1923 and a new one was built the same year. The current one with its distinctive enclosed verandah and its stucco facade has graced the corner junction since the late 1940s………certainly different from those of country pubs in other places.

So our walk down memory lane in Quinalow draws to an end. We leave this quiet country town which has survived its fair share of droughts and flooding rains; weathered the ups and downs of economic uncertainty and the hardships of the current 2020-2022 pandemic through its determination to thrive as a community. Converting to a take-away outlet for both alcohol and food has proven to be not only a rallying tactic, but now a regular feature which will endure long in to the future.

We reluctantly leave the charm and character of Quinalow and the pub – and the much-loved legacy that the Daley partnership has created. We know that those venturing to the Bunyas will have a warm welcome from Greg and Cheryl, or whoever takes on the pub in the future. They will be given a place at the bar amongst the regulars, a bloody good feed and a special place to stay and take in this GATEWAY TO THE BUNYAS.

Don’t forget your home-made goodies, and Quinalow Pub momentos – and we leave you with this country song as a tribute.

Afghan Sweet Treats

How blessed are we here to be able to excite our taste buds with the sweet treats which have become synonymous with Afghanistan culture…..even if we can’t travel there to see their origins. Sita Nabizada has brought these tempting sweets to Toowoomba and her small business is helping others understand her culture by introducing the community to delicious home-cooked dishes.

Sita is an Afghan qualified high school teacher, who, like other refugees, has not had her qualifications in use here because of the language barrier. Programs at TAFE and USQ helped to acquire language and work skills, and filled Sita’s learning needs between 2016 and 2018. She discovered through the Women’s Group, and getting her English skills up, that her love of baking could give her a start in business. With no childcare available after the initial support, Sita looked for an avenue where she could work from home while her children were young.

With about 40 Afghan amilies in the community, there was demand for her delicious baked goods within her own community, but with her start in the stall at the local food markets and then stretching in to the Multicultural Festivals, the Mosaic Festival in Brisbane, Gatton and Dalby, Sita’s fame has grown – and so has her menu.

She is quite surprised, but also delighted that her Aussie customers have embraced her goods so warmly. I think the secret to the popularity is the quality of the ingredients. The natural pistachios which are painstakingly peeled from the nuts are sourced from Brisbane for her sought-after nougat (Shire pira), and her savoury beef mince dumplings (Mantu) bring lots of return customers because of the reliable high quality and her trademark exotic flavours.

Sita has helped highlight the diversity of the Toowoomba community in such a dignified, beautiful manner. Her presence at Australia Day and Laurel Bank Park events is eagerly sought out. Her beautiful soul shines through her eyes as well as the treats. Her secondary school daughter, Lena, is not only her mother’s helper in making the treats but is a strong community advocate trying to get young teenagers involved in Youth Group activities to build their sense of confidence and being involved in the wider community.

An Afghan restaurant is missing from Toowoomba’s city centre food scene, but Sita is hoping she and her husband will realise their dream of opening one to share her delicious food with more and more people in the future. Til then check out Sita’s detail on her FaceBook page @AfghanTraditionalSweets.

I am looking forward to sitting down to chat with Sita over a cup of her spiced saffron hot tea.

Another Life

No, it isn’t a Sci-Fi movie review. This is a wonderful coffee shop giving great support to the ‘special ability’ people in our Toowoomba community. Tucked away in the quiet traffic area on Bellevue Street, Another Life Coffee and Wares is a super friendly space to hangout with friends or to grab a delicious take-away. It is the public space for the not-for-profit organisation Quality Lifestyle Support which operates next door.

Quality Lifestyle Support Office

You could be forgiven for thinking it was another industrial business in this off-CBD location parallel to Mort Street, as its simple, unassuming front does not indicate the treasure that lies inside. So how did we discover this gem which we had never heard of before. Do you believe in ‘happenstance”? Well our regular ladies lunch group – that’s a group of newly retired and rewired work colleagues (and sometimes an out-of-towner or still working members), and not a group of ladies with regular healthy insides πŸ˜‚πŸŒ» – is always looking to discover new places to spend time nattering over a lunchtime meal. We have drifted in to the habit of supporting new businesses or social enterprises, and have enjoyed most of our previous finds.

However, our last booking elsewhere was cancelled due to the cafe fridges being out of action, so we were looking last minute for an alternative. And Another Life popped up in the search. What a wonderful piece of luck. That’s happenstance!

What a charming interior, and what a charming team behind the food and drinks. Our crew had a wide range to choose from, and saw lots of take-away orders being delivered in a timely and super-friendly manner by a ‘couldn’t fault him’ waiter. Uber Eats is a boost here with a current top 4.8 rating for a very wide delivery area, but eating in is even better!

The barista and manager Mel has a smile as wide as a mile, and is a single Mum with a passion for her coffee reputation – she challenges you to try and rate hers anytime. Her enthusiasm is for the principles of hiring people with disabilities to upskill them to provide really good food, really good coffee and really good cold drinks. Her high-end Brisbane venue experience makes her an ideal trainer in the competitve barista world. Try her iced coffee Biscoff latte.

Mel was very willing to talk about the cafe and its purpose on my second, and eagerly anticipated, return visit, this time bringing Kim Cahill, the owner and super business supporter from ToowoombaDarlingDowns.com.au to discover this space for herself. Kim was very impressed with the menu and the space which offers all-weather respite for participants of the programs provided from next door.

It has a 40 person space for hire for functions as well. With plenty of platters and catering options on hand from this delightful team, I can see it being a great workshop space for one of our Word Fest Toowoomba events in 2022. That’s why I am bringing another friend back this week to enjoy the delights as well. There is the quiet, the consumate hospitality and the calm environment, and never a feeling of ‘hurry up’. I am keen to make that workshop booking, and it would be great for Christmas parties.

Another young Mum with a dedication for creative menu items is chef Dana, who trained as sous-chef at the old Engine Room. She loves that head chef, Pat, takes everyone’s ideas in to the mix. Her attention to detail and willingness to cater for two coeliacs (plus other medical dietary needs) on our first visit gave me the confidence to ask for a gf alternative to the soft taco shells on my return visit, and the lettuce leaf idea was a winner. Thank you for taking such good care.

The Wares component of the name comes with the handmade local products available for sale. This gives a delightful distraction while waiting for your meal, and gift giving ideas make your shopping a breeze.

Though being honest, the signage and parking is currently a bit of a challenge. However, we hear that a request to Council for footpath revitalisation and the opportunity to have outdoor seating is on the cards. That will give street view and be a better drawcard.

Actually, this is one of those places that you want to keep to yourself, so that its charm is something special, but that would hardly be fair – Another Life needs you to breathe even more energy in to this terrific enterprise.

Do yourself a favour and get to Another Life – a place with a social conscience and a taste for a quality bite of life.


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. Lots of return sits with Peppa and Pickles made my heart sing.

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!