Museum president Clive Plater and councillor Greg Rogerson.
Museum president Clive Plater and councillor Greg Rogerson.

Cherishing 125 years of local govt memories at Nambour

THE Nambour Museum's recent open day to celebrate 125 years of local government was all about reminiscing.

The memories evoked were predominantly from descendants of former chairmen and mayors who read the history and sighted the photos of their forebears.

Former mayor Don Culley came and recalled his pivotal role in council affairs.

He was chairman from 1982-1985 and mayor from 1997-2000.

Museum president Clive Plater found it a fitting occasion to wear a special medal.

"The medal I am wearing was presented to my great-grandfather, G.L. Bury, by the Maroochy Divisional Board to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. He served on the Maroochy Divisional Board, which pre-dated the formation of the Maroochy Shire Council where he served as councillor for many years with two terms as shire chairman, 1899-1900 and 1903-1905," he said.

Gwen Street, the daughter of former chairman Sam Kelly, said she found the occasion poignant, remembering how she watched her father performing his duties.

Cousins who had not met before, Russell Mitchell from Nambour and Ian Alfredson from Brisbane, shared a great-grandfather - David HF Mitchell who served between 1892 and 1903 with the Maroochy Divisional Board and then when it became the Maroochy Shire Council.

Nearly 100 people attended the event throughout the day to take advantage of the special memorabilia on display.


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