10 unbelievable things you won't believe about Toowoomba
MANY Toowoomba residents will agree our city is pretty wonderful but there are a number of unbelievable things you may not know about our town.
Did you know Toowoomba was home to Queensland's first brewery or that an Australian Prime Minister went to school here?
Here are 10 things you wouldn't believe about Toowoomba:
1. Toowoomba's population is larger than at least 24 countries including:
Vatican City, Tuvalu, Palau, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, American Samoa, Greenland, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Dominica, Andorra, Antigua And Barbuda, Seychelles, Aruba, Micronesia, Virgin Islands, Tonga, Greada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Kiribati.
2. It is home to nine McDonald's restaurants, four KFCs, two Hungry Jacks and four Red Roosters, yet its most popular fast food chain Super Rooster which only has three stores.
It is all thanks to Toowoomba's love of fried chicken.
3. AUSTRALIA'S shortest serving Prime Minister Francis Michael Forde was educated at St Mary's College in Toowoomba.
Mr Forde lived from July 18, 1890 - January 28, 1983 and was the 15th Prime Minister of Australia.
He was only in office for eight days from July 6 - July 13 1945.
Mr Forde was born in Mitchell and after school became a teacher and settled in Rockhampton before pursuing a political career.
4. TOOWOOMBA is a city that keeps on giving.
The town was named the most generous in Queensland for three years in a row.
We are also home to Australia's most generous philanthropist Clive Berghofer.
He is worth more than $350 million but, in his 80s, still works every day and prides himself as being a self-made working man.
He has built up his fortune by selling houses and land.
Mr Berghofer gives away $90,000 a week, and made a record donation of $50.1 million to cancer research.
5. TOOWOOMBA welcomed Queensland's first commercial radio.
Radio station 4GR (Gold Radio) was the first to have a commercial licence in Queensland.
It opened on August 16 in 1925 and takes its name from Mr E.E. Gold who obtained the licence.
6. RESIDENTS have long known about Toowoomba's creepy haunts and urban myths.
With the help of Toowoomba Ghost Chasers, the rest of the world is catching on after they explore and document paranormal hubs including The Drayton Cemetery and The Bulls Head Inn Hotel.
It has since been suggested that Toowoomba is one of the spookiest cities in the world.
7. NUMBERING of houses and businesses in Toowoomba's streets began in 1930-1931.
Before that many houses were identified by names.
8. TOOWOOMBA is the birth town to many celebrities ranging from actors, sports stars and politicians.
They include Michael Katsidis, Will Power, Gina Jeffreys, Mishel Laurie, Steele Rudd, Shane Withington, Penelope Wensley, Nathan Friend, Judy Morris, Eric 'Toowoomba Ghost' Harris, Michael Brennan, Peter Cameron, Air Marshal D C T Bennett, General Sir Henry George Chauvel, Geoffrey Rush, Elizabeth Kenny, Frank Ford, Steve Price and Sonia Kruger.
9. PERKINS Brothers from Castlemaine in Victoria opened Queensland's first brewery near the entrance to the present Grand Central shopping centre on December 14, 1869.
This was the foundation for the famous XXXX.
10. AUSTRALIA'S first appendectomy was performed in Toowoomba on March 11, 1893.
The patient was Emma Webb and the procedure was performed on the kitchen table in her home.
She made a full recovery and even outlived the doctors who saved her.
The main building at the Toowoomba Hospital is named in her honour.