The Chronicle Lifeline Bookfest is just around the corner, on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March, 2019. The Founders Pavilion at the Toowoomba Showgrounds will be stacked full of books, toys and games for the annual event.

Now in its 39th year the event is the major fundraiser for Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Qld Ltd. “We are so grateful to the community for their generous donations of books, dolls and toys which enables us to put on such a fantastic sale.”

Lifeline Darling Downs CEO, Derek Tuffield OAM said, “The Chronicle Lifeline Bookfest is a very important event for our organisation with all proceeds staying in our local area to fund our crisis support and suicide prevention services. We rely heavily on the funds raised to ensure we can continue to support those who are doing it tough.”

There will be literally thousands of donated books on sale with nothing over $5 and many a lot less. With free admission, free parking and Eftpos available, this is the perfect time to stock up on your winter reading material.

Doors open on Saturday 8am- 5pm and Sunday 8am – 2pm at the Toowoomba Showgrounds, Glenvale Road. (Volunteers are still needed for the event so if you can spare a few hours please call Nate on 4699 1625).

For more information on services or to support Lifeline Darling Downs with this and other life-changing programs please call 1300 991 443 or visit

Submitted by:
Kirsten McGovern
Manager Fundraising & Marketing
Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Queensland Ltd
33 Russell Street Toowoomba Qld 4350
P 1300 991 443   M  0407 917 621

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Lost Trades Fair returns to Toowoomba

The popular Lost Trades Fair will return to Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba, showcasing master artisans demonstrating and sharing their skills and talent in more than 50 heritage trades on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018.

An amazing variety of artisans will be on display including a sixth generation cooper (barrels maker) plus
stonemasons, weavers, blacksmiths, leather plaiters, penny farthing makers, spoon carvers, bookbinder, saddler, toy maker and master craftspeople who have been practising these trades their whole life.

Acting CEO of the Queensland Museum Network, Dr Jim Thompson said the Lost Trades Fair gives visitors the rare opportunity to see a wide variety of traditional trades being practised up close and to speak with the tradesperson.

“Cobb+Co Museum, with its own trades workshops, is the perfect place to shine a spotlight both on the trades that are usually practiced behind closed workshops doors, and the amazing dedication, passion and willingness of these craftspeople to pass on their skills,” Dr Thompson said.

Dr Thompson said the Lost Trades Fair was a unique opportunity to find out more about Queensland’s past. “Visitors will get an authentic experience as they learn first-hand about historic crafts and trades that were once commonplace, and which contributed greatly to Australia’s development as a country,”

Dan Bolwell (Penny Farthing Dan)

“The Lost Trades Fair demonstrates the superb craftsmanship still practiced today in many of these trades,” Dr Thompson said.

Founder and Director of the Lost Trades Fair, Ms Lisa Rundell said it was exciting to bring the event back to Toowoomba after such an amazing response to the first event at Cobb+Co Museum in 2017. “Last year, more than 7,000 people visited The Lost Trades Fair at Cobb+Co Museum and we hope to continue
that success this year,” Ms Rundell said.

“Our aim is to inspire, educate and open the eyes and minds of the next generation to demand something made by a real person rather than a machine and to think about sustainability and the longevity of what they buy and use. With so many master artisans in the one place over the weekend we want to encourage people to have the confidence to design, make and create something real, and something crafted by their own hands.”

For visitors inspired to try their hand at a heritage trade, the Cobb+Co Museum’s Hands on Workshops program offers a range of opportunities throughout the year from Blacksmithing Basics, Blacksmithing for Teens, Candlestick Workshop, Leather Plaiting, Wheelwrighting and Pot Hanger workshops.

Lost Trades Fair is on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are available online for a discount price of Adults $15 ($18 at the gate), Senior card holders $12 ($15 at the gate) and Children 5 to 15 years $5. Children under 5 years are free.

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