The Allora Boer War memorial was unveiled on October 19,1904, by Brevet Lieutenant Harry Chauvel, whose Queenslanders had been the first Australian unit to be in action in the Boer War in South Africa on January 1, 1900.
The Allora Boer War memorial was unveiled on October 19,1904, by Brevet Lieutenant Harry Chauvel, whose Queenslanders had been the first Australian unit to be in action in the Boer War in South Africa on January 1, 1900. Glyn Rees

Allora’s salute to its servicemen and women

Allora's salute to its servicemen and women

TOMORROW Allora's community will again come together to remember and pay special tribute to those many men and women who have served their country in so many theatres of war.

Allora's Anzac Day is a very special event on our community's calendar, as it is nationally, and April 25 will see an opportunity for everyone to make their way to Memorial Park to express their respect and recognise sacrifices made.

The Allora Anzac Day Commemoration Committee invites the community to take part in Allora's ANZAC Day services to commemorate the sacrifices made by the fallen in all wars and to remember those who fought, or continue to fight, for peace and freedom.

Allora RSL Sub-Branch president Jim Corby is particularly pleased last year's guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel Steve Stockley, from Oakey Aviation Base, is returning to play an official role in Allora's day of solemn remembrance.

The Anzac Day program will commence in the misty hours at 5.30am with the Dawn Service at Allora's Memorial Park.

The Dawn Service will be followed by a "Gunfire Breakfast" with all attending the Dawn Service invited, the breakfast, tea and coffee fee is just $10.

Service veterans will enjoy a free breakfast.

The Anzac Day program also includes a 9.30am service at the Allora Cemetery.

At 10.30 am the Anzac Day march will form up outside the Allora Library in Herbert St, the parade marching off at 10.45 am, south along Herbert St and east along Warwick St to the Allora Memorial Park.

The Allora Anzac Day Commemoration Service will be held at 11am, also in the Warwick Street Memorial Park.

This will be followed by a luncheon in the neighbouring RSL Hall.

All members of the community are very welcome, costs are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Those wishing to take part in the Anzac Day March are requested to be assembled at the Allora Library to commence at 10.45am sharp.

The RSL requests that Ex-Service personnel wear medals and they extend an invitation to their families, as well as public bodies, to join them in the procession.

Allora Campdraft Action

THE Allora Showgrounds will come to life as a hive of campdraft action on Saturday morning from 6am with the 2014 Allora & District Campdraft Association annual draft.

The Maiden A and B draft will commence in the cool beginnings of Saturday morning, followed by Juvenile, Junior, and Restricted Open drafts and in the evening the Bareback Cut Out, which always provides great entertainment.

It'll be a 6am start on Sunday as well, with the Novice and Open drafts, followed by finals before the weekend wraps up with the Encouragement draft.

The ADCA has been busy preparing for its 2014 feature event, which was deferred from the weekend of April 5 and 6 due to wet conditions.

This year's campdraft nominations have been capped at 700 first round runs, plus finals on the Maiden, Novice and Open drafts, giving a total of approximately 800 head of cattle that will be used over the weekend.

Cattle have been generously loaned from West Talgai feedlot (David Brown), Glengowrie feedlot (Mike and Jacinta Bashford), Kevin Ryan, John and Mary Ryan, Layton Free, Philip Christensen, Scott Christensen, Rod McLennon and Damien McMahon.

Over the past 12 months the ADCA has spent close to $3000 on the eastern half of the showground arena, deep ripping the ground, applying gypsum and compost, which was then incorporated, be

fore being sown to couch grass and watered.

The Allora & District Campdraft Association (ADCA) has recently donated $2395 to the Queensland Fire & Rescue Services (QFRS) to enable the purchase of a Lifeline View Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to be based at the fire station in Allora.

QFRS Warwick Command Inspector Hemmo de Vries said the defibrillator "will benefit the Allora and district community as the closest Queensland Ambulance Service Station is at either Warwick or Clifton".

Presentation of the new defibrillator will take place at 4pm on Saturday at the campdraft.

Glenn Evans, current president of ADCA, said that the club is keen to return funds raised at the annual campdraft back into the local community and he hoped that this year ADCA will be able to continue working with the Allora Show Society to improve the facilities at the showground.

Members also plan to donate to the charity group Aussie Helpers, who provide support to farming families throughout Australia in times of need.

In 2013, ADCA made donations of $500 each to CareFlight, the Cancer Council Queensland, the Breast Cancer Network of Australia and the Allora Pony Club.

ADCA members have been achieving at recent campdrafts around the Darling Downs, Glenn Evans and Michael Dwan taking out first and second places respectively in the maiden draft at last weekend's Cambooya Campdraft, and they are sure to be in the thick of the action this weekend.

Entry to the showground is free throughout the weekend and everyone is welcome to come and see some of the high standard campdrafting action occurring in centre ring.

Goomburra Hall Trivia Night

GOOMBURRA Town Hall Treasurer and trivia connoisseur John O'Brien is a regular face at trivia nights and challenges around the region, including Allora's St Patrick's School "Rattle of the Brains" annual trivia extravaganza that has featured on the local social calendar for over a decade.

With fundraising events and projects needed for repairs and maintenance to the historic Goomburra Hall, a trivia night is planned at the hall on May 9 commencing at 6.30 pm.

The Goomburra Hall Committee warmly invites local trivia buffs to take part and test their skills against John and other keen competition from around the local area, Warwick and Toowoomba.

Attending triviaists can bring a team of up to eight, or just come along and be teamed up in a group of other knowledgeable folk.

Admission is a more than reasonable $10 per person, bookings can be made by phoning John O'Brien on 4666 6050, with tickets also available on the night at the door.

Drinks and refreshments will be available along with tasty food throughout the evening.

Here's a couple from "Goomburra Valley Trivia King" John as warm-ups.

 Which horse won the Melbourne Cup in 1966?

 Who was Australia's first Prime Minister?

 In what part of the body are the smallest bones?

He won't guarantee they will be among the trivia teasers posed on the night though.

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