Buderim Historical Society will celebrate 50th anniversary
ONE of Buderim's best-loved features is Pioneer Cottage, a small house originally built by early settler John Kerle Burnett in 1882 and now operated as a museum.
Next month the Buderim Historical Society will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the handing-over of the cottage to the Buderim War Memorial Community Association in a generous and far-sighted act by daughter of a local pioneering family, Sybil Vise.
The building is typical of bush-constructed houses of the period. It is a simple four-roomed house with a central corridor and a wide veranda on all four sides.
It was built with local timber which was pit-sawn on the site.
In 1952 Sybil bought the house from Dorothea Burnett, a granddaughter of J.K. Burnett.
The house was then in dilapidated condition, basically sound, but needing extensive repairs.
It was Sybil's intention to renovate and live in it when she retired from her job as a teacher at Nambour High School. In the meantime, she rented it to tenants.
In 1965 the local council ruled it unfit for renting.
The BWMCA was given title to the house and the Buderim Historical Society was created with the aims of maintaining the building, operating it as a museum. Sybil was elected patron of the new society. She died in 2000 at the age of 94.
On Saturday, October 8, there will be a re-enactment of the handover ceremony. Entertainment will be provided and Devonshire teas will be available.
The public are welcome to join in the celebrations at Pioneer Cottage in Ballinger Crescent.