Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society celebrates 21 years
TWENTY-ONE years ago, in July 1994, a small group of historians formed the Bli Bli Historical Society as a matter of urgency.
It was to save one of three historic buildings, because the Education Department was about to sell it to developers.
The Maroochy Shire Council was persuaded to buy the land to keep for future community use.
A few years later, The Old Church was in danger of being moved.
Again the Historical Society convinced the council of the importance of having three heritage buildings in the one precinct, and thankfully the council came to the rescue.
In 1998, the Maroochydore Historical Society was no longer operational, so they joined us, under the new name "Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society".
At the beginning we had three tape recorders, two boxes of tapes, a filing cabinet, and stationery.
The taped interviews conducted by Lindsay, Lawrie and Pat, were an irreplaceable link with the past, as many of those interviewed have now passed away.
Doreen and Bob recently converted those cassettes to CDs which president Ailsa has been transcribing.
By the time we entered the computer age we had amassed many old photos, which we were then able to scan and print.
Holding a slide show became an annual event.
The society continues to record the life and times of people living within the coastal area of the Maroochy and Mooloolah Rivers from Bli Bli to Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.
Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month (except January) at The Old Church, Willis Rd, Bli Bli, at 9.30am followed by morning tea.
The next meeting is on September 7. Visitors are welcome. Follow us on Facebook or contact Anne on 0400 913 443.