Peter and Leslie Robinson from Greenmount check out the old sulky on display.
Peter and Leslie Robinson from Greenmount check out the old sulky on display. Deanna Millard

Bringing history back to life

AS THE region embraced all things historical for the Heritage Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, the Allora and District Historical Society hosted one of the highlights of the initiative - a Display and Demonstration Day.

A glorious day gave hundreds of locals and visitors the perfect opportunity to step back in time.

The event was held at the old shire hall, which has been restored to house Allora's memorabilia.

After perusing the many historic items inside the museum, people then wandered outside to a lively atmosphere filled with music, displays, demonstrations and the smell of billy tea and freshly cooked damper.

The theme for this year's heritage day was the timber industry and Allora and District Historical Society president Allan Darr said two particular demonstrations were extremely popular.

"Brian Conroy really attracted the crowd with his chainsaw sculpting," he said.

"It was something new that we've never had before, and Barry Dwan with his Lucas sawmill was also a huge crowd-pleaser."

The crowd enjoyed milking, shearing and corn-threshing demonstrations, spinning and weaving and vintage car displays, an animal nursery and old-time games, and heritage tours around Allora in the people mover.

Mr Darr said he was pleased with the turnout as the day is the society's major fundraiser for the year and helps to keep Allora's history alive for future generations.

"We were also honoured to have locally born Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh and Southern Downs Regional councillors officially open the celebrations," he said.

Mr McVeigh said the Allora and District Historical Society was renowned for putting on a great day and congratulated them on the huge success of the timber industry theme for this year.



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