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MOWBRAYTOWN is one of Brisbane’s suburban names which has all but been lost – but it may one day make a comeback, thanks to Geraint and Justeen Gregory’s recent book, Chasing Our History – Stories of Mowbraytown and East Brisbane.

Gerard Benjamin featured this publication on Radio 4BC with John Scott on 18 February, explaining that it contains more than 50 well-illustrated episodes about the families, homes and businesses of Mowbraytown.

Mowbraytown book cover“It was named after a well-educated Scot, the Rev Thomas Mowbray and his wife Mina, whose home Riversdale stood on the site of current-day Mowbray Park,” explained Gerard.

“From here Rev Mowbray and Mina ran a small grammar school for boys. As a reporter wrote in later years, ‘some of the men who afterwards became prominent in the social and commercial life of the little city’ gained a superior education here in the classics, as well as art and music.”

After Rev Mowbray died in 1867, Mina retained the property until 1884 when the land between Lytton Rd and Mowbray Terrace was sold for subdivision into 336 residential allotments. This area became known as the Mowbraytown Estate.

Geraint and Justeen Gregory were so intrigued with the history of the old area of Mowbraytown, that they wrote a series of articles for the local free newspaper, and raised the possibility of the name ‘Mowbraytown’ being officially reinstated.

They have not yet achieved that objective, but their marvellous little book will ensure that the name Mowbraytown stays alive.

Copies cost $10 (+p&p), and may be ordered by phoning 07 3391-3002 or emailing: <geraintgregory–@–hotmail.com> (take out the spaces). Alternatively, pick up a copy from East Brisbane Pharmacy, Shop 4/83-93 Lytton Road (near Spar), East Brisbane.

More information appeared in this press article.

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