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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Published June 27th 2015
Touch the flagstones
Tactile contact with the basalt flagstones of Saint Patrick's Cathedral may seem eccentric, but satisfies an itch. The first stone of the transepts was blessed and placed by the Reverend James Byrne in 1932.

Cultural Walk St Patrick's Cathedral
St Patrick's Cathedral, cnr James & Neil Sts, Toowoomba. Viewable seven days.
A well-manicured lawn embraces the church, which is adorned with golden-yellow stained-glass windows and the occasional shamrock in honour of its patron saint.

Cultural Walk St Patrick's Cathedral Windows
St Patrick's old-gold stained-glass windows.
The locals are fond of the heritage-listed Empire Theatre with its stately façade. Built in 1911, it once hosted 'moving pictures' and vaudeville. Tours of the interior including its history, the backstage area and a sound and lighting demonstration, can be booked with the theatre on 1300 655 299.

The 1886 Masonic Temple in Neil Street keeps its mysteries to itself behind painted-out windows. It's a stone's throw from the Portadown Hotel, once known as the Freemason's Arms.

Cultural Walk Freemasons Temple
Masonic Temple, Neil Street, Toowoomba.
Situated on the south western corner of Queens Park, the Vera Lacaze Park honours Toowoomba's first woman Alderman. The park was once the site of the first public swimming baths, made entirely of wood in 1894. Circular fountains add a peaceful feature to this park.

The walk takes in the historic stone architecture of the old Post Office and courthouse as well as the former Wesley Church and many others.

For further details collect a free brochure from the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre.
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