Allora's turning 150 and everyone's invited to the party
IT'S the celebration 150 years in the making and Allora is inviting everyone with any connection to the historic town to come home and join the fun on July 20-21.
Allora was proclaimed a municipality on July 21, 1869.
Allora and District Historical Society president Lyn Wright said she still remembers the buzz around the town's 1969 100-year anniversary which featured a street parade and a day of activities.
For the 150th, the town is combining a parade and activities with a Pioneer Dinner on Saturday, much like the jubilee dinner which marked the town's 50th year for twice the fun.
"I think it's something that will really appeal to the older generation - it's a chance to honour our history," Lyn said.
While she had 30 years on the Gold Coast between parties, Lyn said she had moved back to Allora deliberately for its country town atmosphere, friendliness and the close-knit community, with everyone knowing everyone in some way.
Certainly the whole town has put its support behind this celebration, organised by the historical society, itself celebrating 50 years.
Penny farthing bikes, horse-drawn carts, vintage cars, bands and marchers in historical dress will all take part in the 11.45am parade, which follows the opening and dedication of the renovated Old Shire Chambers by Queensland Governor Paul De Jersey on Saturday.
Lyn said there will be a host of displays, the burying of a time capsule, poet's breakfast (including walk-ups if you are poetically inclined), beard and moustache competition and high tea and jazz at Goomburra Hall.
The Warwick Town Crier will be on hand, with other Saturday events including a bullock crossing re-enactment, naming of the first Sporting Immortal by league legend Shane Webcke, sausages and entertainment at Bangers by the Bonfire at the showgrounds and the Pioneer Dinner.
Sunday starts with a special 8.30am memorial at the RSL to Allora's fallen soldiers, and music in the park from 10am.
"The town has a very strong military history and has shown very strong patriotism," Lyn said, pointing to the most enlistments per capita in the Boer War and 70 soldiers with connections to Allora lost in World War I. ( World War II figures are being researched.)
Throughout the weekend, you can also enjoy Meet the Makers Markets, the Rotary Bookfest, lost trades and maypole dancing demonstrations and street musicians.
The Allora Art and Craft Group is displaying 150 years of craft, sewing, dolls, teapots and bridal wear at St David's (1888), known as one of the finest examples of a timber church in country Queensland.
Historic Talgai Homestead (1868), Mary Poppins' House, churches and museums will all have opening hours and in some cases tours, and the QCWA will mark 90 years with a display.
Come Home to Allora takes place during Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival.
If you would like to view the full program, go to allora150.org or for inquiries, phone Lyn on 0408753085.