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Steele Rudd and Sister Kenny! Visiting Nobby and checking on those names is a bit like taking a walk into the annals of history. Steele Rudd (his real name, Hoey Davis), the author of Dad and Dave, is remembered by the old timers of the town and also by those visitors who recall the halcyon days of radio, where the Rudd stories ran for years and years. Rudds Pub remains. Then there's Sister Kenny, the 'saint' who worked so effectively with polio treatments prior to the development of a vaccine. Near the hotel, there's a memorial dedicated to this lady. That's just a part of the history, with much more told simply by taking a stroll along the town's main street which is dotted with shopfronts from another era. It's worthwhile stopping awhile. Take a picnic in the local park which offers barbecue facilities.

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Sister Kenny Memorial, Nobby


You'll learn some fascinating history on a visit to the memorial of Sister Elizabeth Kenny (born 20 September 1880, died 30 November 1952). Sister Kenny had a significant world-wide impact on the treatment of polio (Infantile Paralysis), one of the world`s most devastating diseases.

Sister Kenny lived in Nobby and received world recognition for her revolutionary treatment of polio victims in the early to mid twentieth century. She challenged the then current medical practice of immobilising muscles affected by polio and proved that exercising them aided in patient recovery.

This memorial chronicles her life and gives an account of the battles she had with the male-dominated medical establishment of the day.

She is buried in the peaceful Nobby cemetery which overlooks the wide, rolling hills, and her life is also commemorated by a local memorial park.




Tooth Street
Nobby, QLD, 4360

Located 0.2K from Nobby

Victor Denton War Memorial


Queensland's first known World War I memorial doesn't stand in a public park or at a street intersection, it's in a small Darling Downs' cemetery. And unlike the others, it is in memory of one man.

Residents from the farming district of Nobby wanted to honour 20-year-old stockman Private Victor Denton who enlisted with the 2nd Light Horse Regiment just weeks after Australia announced it was at war in 1914. He died of battle wounds in June 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey and was buried there. This memorial stands as a sign of the spontaneous, highly visible grief that gripped the community and the nation.

The memorial is located within the Denton family plot, alongside the grave of Victor's parents, in Nobby Cemetery.

Toowoomba monumental masons Bruce Brothers created the concrete and stone memorial, the broken column symbolising a life cut short. It was unveiled November 1915 during a recruitment march from Warwick to Brisbane, by a group labelled the 'Dungarees'. The march's participants drew large crowds in every town.




Mount Kent Boundary Road,
Nobby Cemetery
Nobby, QLD, 4360

Located 0.8K from Nobby

Darling Downs Zoo


The Darling Downs Zoo is situated in a beautiful rural setting on the eastern Downs - midway between Toowoomba and Warwick - just over two hours drive from the Brisbane Central Business District.

This Zoo is being developed so that you travel the animal world with a walk through the geographical areas of Australia, South-east Asia, Africa and South America.

Already the Zoo features the only pride of African Lions in Queensland, Giraffe, Cheetah, Baboons, Monkeys, Marmosets, African Serval, endangered Sumatran Tiger, tropical birds, Kangaroos and White Wallabies, Deer, Crocodiles and Alligator, Boa Constrictors and Tortoises, unusual South American animals like Brazilian Tapir and Capybara and much, much more. The Zoo is also home to the only White Lions living permanently in Queensland and the largest herd of Zebras and Giant Tortoises in this State!

The zoo is open to the public from 9am every day. Closed only on Christmas Day.

Picnic facilities are available, there is a kiosk and gift shop with EFTPOS and free parking for all vehicles including coaches and caravans. The entire zoo is wheelchair accessible.




21 Baines Road
Pilton, QLD, 4361

Located 12.9K from Nobby

Boer War Memorial and Park, Allora


A pretty park of some historical significance, the first of three soldier statues erected in Queensland after the Boer War (1899-1902) is found in Allora's War Memorial Park in Warwick Street.

Colonel (later Sir) Harry Chauvel unveiled the soldier statue in 1904, honouring the four local men who died, and 35 others who served in the southern African conflict. The slightly smaller than life-size soldier statue, by sculptor William P Macintosh, is unusual in its details: the soldier's mouth is open and he stands alone, without the traditional tree stump for support.

Subsequent additions commemorate those who fought and died in World War I and World War II.

General JC Robertson unveiled Allora's WWI memorial - a sandstone and marble obelisk, small field guns carved into the pedestal - in November, 1921.

A second sandstone and marble obelisk, simpler in design, stands at the park's rear, serving as a WWII memorial.






Warwick Street
Allora, QLD, 4362

Located 22.0K from Nobby

Lions Park, Hodgson Vale


Lions Park in Hodgson Vale is a lovely stop just 12 kilometres from Toowoomba en route to Steele Rudd Country and Warwick.

A large park located just off the New England Highway, it's the perfect place for a barbecue or a picnic and a lovely stop to break your journey. There's a free barbecue, half basketball court and play equipment for the kids and well maintained public facilities.




New England Highway
Hodgson Vale, QLD, 4352

Located 23.1K from Nobby

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