Celebrating Nambour's rich history: past to present

Nambour's old sugar mill may be long gone and replaced with a large shopping centre but spare a thought about life in town before the arrival of the big supermarkets. Names like Manahans, Penneys and Bayards captured the imagination of locals in search of a bargain.

For residents and visitors alike, the cane train crossing Currie Street will long serve as a memory of the good old days. Nambour has played a major role in the development of the Sunshine Coast and continues to do so through essential services like health, education, telecommunications and transport.

The Nambour Museum is hosting a special event "Discover Nambour - Its Past and Its Present" on the weekend of Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May which will provide guests with a great opportunity to reflect on the changes which have occurred throughout the years.

Recall the days when street parades were a regular event, bands and marching girls filled Petrie Park and social highlights included Dances and Balls. Going to school meant big classes, slates and slate pencils preceded pens and paper and documents were copied using carbon paper. Taking a dive meant swimming in a special Petrie Creek enclosure near the railway bridge and collecting happy snaps meant taking your black and white film to the local chemist for processing of Kodak prints.

On the subject of social media, there are few better examples of comparing past and present communication methods than the telegram or the telephone party line. One classic was the Nambour 58 telephone service where eight different customers or parties shared the same physical line between Nambour and Maroochydore, each with an individual code ring, providing a real challenge for everyone including the local telephone exchange operator.

"Discover Nambour - Its Past and Its Present" is an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to explore and reminisce. Photographs, videos and memorabilia will capture everyone's imagination.

Nambour Museum is located at 18 Mitchell Street, Nambour and will open between 10am and 3pm. Stalls, raffles and refreshments will be available on Saturday.

Admission is $4 adults, $1 children. Enquiries telephone 54412083. 


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