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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.


  • Leadership in heritage conservation: provide leadership to encourage conservation of the city's cultural heritage assets.
  • Heritage awareness promotion: promote community awareness of the city's cultural heritage.
  • Program administration: administer Ipswich Heritage Program in a cost-effective and customer-focused manner.


In June 1990, 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 encourage their conservation'.

Ipswich 150 Local History Scholarship Reports

In 2011, Ipswich City Council established a Local History Scholarship through the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus. This scholarship was made available to students undertaking higher degree by research studies (MPhil and PhD), postgraduate coursework and honours at the University of Queensland.

The scholarship was awarded to assist students in producing a research project focusing on a specific element of the history of Ipswich contributing to a new understanding of the history of the city.

The year 2010 marked 150 years of the Municipality of Ipswich. In 1910 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 a 29 November 2001 meeting the Ipswich Heritage Consultative Committee suggested that as a means of commemorating this highly significant anniversary Ipswich City Council consider the production of a series of academically researched reports covering various topics or time periods of the history of Ipswich.

The completed scholarship reports were launched at the University of Queensland, Ipswich Campus on 9 December 2010.

Cover And Reverso (PDF, 103.4 KB)
Table of Contents (PDF, 45.9 KB)
Introduction to Reports (PDF, 81.8 KB)

Report 1: A Retailing History of the Ipswich Central Business District (CBD) from the mid-1970s to 2003 by Andrew Blythe
Report 1 (PDF, 1.5 mb)

Report 2: Depictions of Women in the History of Ipswich by Sarah Davey
Report 2: Part 1 (PDF, 1.3 mb)
Report 2: Part 2 (PDF, 1.5 mb)
Report 2: Part 3 (PDF, 1.9 mb)

Report 3: Ipswich - the Country Music Capital of Queensland by Rosemary Adsett
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 (PDF, 1.8 mb)
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 (PDF, 735 kb)
Report 5: Part 2 (PDF, 759 kb)
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 (PDF, 1.3 mb)
Report 6: Part 2 (PDF, 1.5 mb)
Report 6: Part 3 (PDF, 801 kb)

Character Provisions

It is recognised that buildings must be functional to satisfy the requirements of current owners and uses. It is not the intent of the Ipswich City Council to dictate how people in historic buildings should live, or to intrude unnecessarily upon people's privacy. However, any alterations that are intended should be carried out sympathetically so that the heritage value of the existing building and the character of its immediate streetscape and neighbourhood are conserved and enhanced..

  • Restoration of Buildings on the Queensland Heritage Register
    If a building is listed under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992, its level of significance will require that the building be restored to the best contemporary conservation practice. This will apply to only a small number of buildings within Ipswich. Owners are notified of the relevant requirements under the Queensland Heritage Act by the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA's EcoAccess forms are available on their web site.
  • Restoration of Other Historic Buildings
    Work to these buildings need not necessarily conform to the same rigorous standards externally and internally as State listed historic buildings, however they are still worthy of the highest care and attention. Inappropriate work should be avoided and the information contained in the Ipswich Heritage Information Kit should be followed if needless downgrading of the building's heritage value is to be avoided. The Heritage Information Kit is available from the Ipswich City Council's Planning Branch. If you would like a copy of the publication please phone (07) 3810 6256.
  • Alterations and Extensions
    Many building owners will want to extend their building to create extra rooms, update kitchens and bathrooms, or to build garages and carports. Externally, the new work should reflect as far as possible, the style and features of the original building. The placement of extensions, their scale and form should be carefully considered.

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