Ipswich City Council


The objective of the Ipswich Heritage Program is to identify places of cultural heritage significance within Ipswich and to encourage their conservation for the present community and future generations, including both residents and visitors. St Mary's Church


  1. Leadership in Heritage Conservation: to provide leadership to encourage the conservation of the City's cultural heritage assets.
  2. Heritage Awareness Promotion: to promote community awareness of the City's cultural heritage.
  3. Program Administration: to administer the Heritage Program in a cost effective and customer focused manner.


In June of 1990, the Ipswich City Council made a commitment to the most ambitious heritage action plan yet undertaken in Queensland, and indeed one of the most ambitious heritage programs undertaken anywhere in Australia. The goal of the Ipswich Heritage Program, as adopted by Council on 14 June 1990 is 'to identify places of cultural significance within the City of Ipswich and to encourage their conservation'.

Ipswich Local History Scholarship Program

In 2011, Ipswich City Council established a Local History Scholarship through The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus.  This Scholarship will be available to students undertaking Research Higher Degree studies (MPhil and PhD), Postgraduate Coursework and Honours at The University of Queensland.

The scholarship will be awarded to assist students to produce a research project focusing on a specific element of the history of Ipswich that contributes to a new understanding of the history of the city.

For further information click on the link below:

Ipswich Local History Scholarship 2012.


Ipswich 150 Local History Scholarship Reports

The year 2010 marks 150 years of the Municipality of Ipswich. In 1910 the Council celebrated the jubilee of the Municipality with the production of a book entitled 'Jubilee History of Ipswich: a record of Municipal, Industrial and Social Progress'.

At its meeting of 29 November 2001 the Ipswich Heritage Consultative Committee suggested that as a means of commemorating this highly significant anniversary, that Ipswich City Council consider the production of a series of academically researched reports covering various topics or time periods of the history of Ipswich.

These reports could then be collated and edited to produce a compilation of the City's history that would be launched in 2010.

Since 2002 Ipswich City Council has provided an annual scholarship through The University of Queensland Ipswich Campus as a research grant to assist in the production and compilation of a comprehensive history of the Ipswich Region.

The completed Scholarship Reports were launched at The University of Queensland Ipswich Campus on 9 December 2010.

Copies of the book were donated to the Ipswich Libraries, the University of Queensland Ipswich Campus, the State Library of Queensland and the National Library of Australia.  You can borrow a copy of the book from the Ipswich Library or download chapters from thsi website.

Cover And Reverso Cover And Reverso (PDF, 103 kb)

Table of Contents Table of Contents (PDF, 46 kb)

Introduction to Reports Introduction to Reports (PDF, 82 kb)

Message from the Mayor and Councillor Tully Message from the Mayor and Councillor Tully (PDF, 80 kb)

Report 1: A Retailing History of the Ipswich Central Business District (CBD) from the mid-1970s to 2003 by Andrew Blythe.

Report 1 Report 1 (PDF, 1.5 mb)

Report 2: Depictions of Women in the History of Ipswich by Sarah Davey

Report 2: Part 1 Report 2: Part 1 (PDF, 1.3 mb)

Report 2: Part 2 Report 2: Part 2 (PDF, 1.5 mb)

Report 2: Part 3 Report 2: Part 3 (PDF, 1.9 mb)

Report 3: Ipswich - the Country Music Capital of Queensland by Rosemary Adsett.

Report 3 Report 3 (PDF, 963 kb)

Report 4: Aphrodite and the Mixed Grill: Gender and Ethnic Relations in Ipswich's Greek Cafes from 1900 to 2005 by Toni Risson.

Report 4: Part 1 Report 4: Part 1 (PDF, 1.8 mb)

Report 4: Part 2 Report 4: Part 2 (PDF, 1.1 mb)

Report 5: A Tributary but a Highway: The significance of the Bremer River during the Settlement and Development of Ipswich 1823-1900 by Erin Coster.

Report 5: Part 1 Report 5: Part 1 (PDF, 735 kb)

Report 5: Part 2 Report 5: Part 2 (PDF, 759 kb)

Report 5: Part 3 Report 5: Part 3 (PDF, 2.2 mb)

Report 6: Sketches of the Dining Hall: 'Working Lives' of the North Ipswich Railway Workshops by Annette Sharp.

Report 6: Part 1 Report 6: Part 1 (PDF, 1.3 mb)

Report 6: Part 2 Report 6: Part 2 (PDF, 1.5 mb)

Report 6: Part 3 Report 6: Part 3 (PDF, 801 kb)

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