Yandina School of Arts in the early 1900s.
Yandina School of Arts in the early 1900s.

Yandina School of Arts to celebrate 100 years

THE Yandina School of Arts will celebrate 100 years of serving the community with a morning tea at 10am on Saturday, October 8.

There will be entertainment and guest speakers. If you have particular memories of the hall, or stories or photographs, the committee would like to hear from you as a book will be launched on the day.

The old-fashioned term "school of arts" has its origin in England and Scotland. It was an institution with the object of furthering the cultural and social life of the community.

In 1916, a committee of Yandina businessmen decided to build a School of Arts. Such a hall would provide social amenities and meet the cultural needs of the community with a library and reading room.

Funds were needed and a ladies committee set about the task, going door-to-door asking for donations.

 

Yandina School of Arts as it is today.
Yandina School of Arts as it is today.

It has been said that they walked from Cooloolabin to Coolum canvassing for assistance. A shopkeeper lent his boat to canvass river residents. To add to the coffers, the government gave an endowment on donations.

Master builder and Yandina resident Franz Nyman was the designer and builder. Franz built the Yandina Masonic Temple (Freemasons Centre) and many of the hotels on the Sunshine Coast.

With the devotion of volunteers, the hall has functioned for 100 years.

Many a time committees had to "take the hat around" among themselves just to make ends meet.

Watch out for this great centenary event.


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