The Toowoomba Photographic Society was formed at a meeting of amateur photographers on the evening of the 22ndMay 1905, held at the Café Alexandra, Toowoomba.  Mr T.K. Lamb moved “That a society to be known as the ‘Toowoomba Photographic Society’ be formed.  This was seconded by Mr Murdoch McLeod and carried unanimously”.

The following officers were appointed:  President: Mr W.R. Robinson, Vice Presidents:  Rev Canon Pughe and Mr G. Moloney, Treasurer: Mr T.K. Lamb, Secretary: Mr Murdoch McLeod, Librarian and Lanternist: Mr F.C. Wills, committee: Messrs W.J. Deazley, J. Moloney, E. Rosentengel and J. Young.

The annual membership fee was fixed at 10 shillings for gents and 5 shillings for ladies and youths under 18, payable half-yearly in advance.

The rules for the society were drawn up by this committee on the following Friday, the 29th May 1905.  The first meeting of the Society was held on Monday, 29th May 1905 at the Café Alexandra at 8.00pm.  At this meeting the rules of membership were adopted and members enrolled in the newly formed Toowoomba Photographic Society.

A newspaper article from the Toowoomba Chronicle detailed the benefits if membership of the Society:

“The Toowoomba Photographic Society which has just been formed should prove a benefit to our amateur photographers.  A great number in the community own a camera of some kind, but as a rule, they are simply machines for wasting plates, films, and chemicals, for the simple reason that the owners have no proper opportunity of learning how to use them.  Few cities in Australia offer the same opportunities of securing good snap shots as Toowoomba.  The camera and chemicals used may be first class what is really of as great importance is the means of being educated in their use.  The new Society will impart this information, and when the warmer weather comes with the lengthening of the days, some very enjoyable outings of the members will no doubt be arranged.  Photography is a pleasant pastime, and only becomes expensive when a quantity of material is wasted through inexperience.”  (The Toowoomba Chronicle, June 1905)

After a century of experience the Toowoomba Photographic Society continues to provide benefits to its members through competition, training opportunities and participation in club outings to further our photographic skills.

The Toowoomba Photographic Society is made up of a number of volunteers who help to make sure everything runs smoothly.