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Historical Society weekend
celebrations a success

by Cameron Outridge

MHistorical Society weekend celebrations a great success
The Maleny Historical Society's weekend celebrations of early Maleny and surrounding districts was a great success despite weather problems. The Mayor, Don Aldous, opened proceedings. Maleny's Proclamation Day Breakfast saw about 100 people sharing memories of yesteryear - ranging from five year old, Natalie Patane, who won the kid's poetry competition to celebrated professional poet, Jack Drake.
How many lies can be told in four hours - with blokes like Harvey Bryce, Bill Hankinson and Neil Turner - the number is unlimited. Whoever heard of a talking frog or the stretching of a log of timber by bullocks? The Maleny Historical Society gets bigger every year. There was an enormous range of historical, veteran and vintage cars and bikes on display at the "Pioneer Cottage".

The last Chairman/Director of the Maleny Butter Factory, Allan Webster, shared some of his memories with Maleny and hinted at efforts to setup a permanent home for our dairying memorabilia in the Cottage grounds.

As the pace of our community development increases there is equal enthusiasm to preserve our history in touching and looking form. The Patron of the Maleny Historical Society, Pauline Clayton, understands this irony. In her address she paid tribute to all preservers and assures them of her continued support.

The President, Milton Alcorn, thanked all helpers, sponsors, people who donated prizes for the Poets and Liars competitions, the Maleny Rotary Club and Maleny Dairies Hopper families. He was delighted with the friendly co-operation and goodwill of all those involved.

The winners of the raffles were:- 1. First Prize - T Fannin, Brisbane. A week night's accommodation at Witta Gums plus a dinner for two at Maudy's and a bottle of wine. 2. Lloyd Larney. A wooden Clock. Second Prize - Lisa Polo Wyj, Witta. Red Tulip Easter Eggs. Third Prize - Joyce Milne. A bottle of vintage wine. Door Prize - Mrs Cath Marshall. A sculptured wooden bird.

 

From left, Harvey Bryce, Stan Collard, Don Aldous, Doug Watson and Betty Watson.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.