Allora's Community Hall will host the Pioneer's Dinner.
Allora's Community Hall will host the Pioneer's Dinner. Colin Newport

Celebrating the colourful characters who made Allora

ALLORA has hosted a wide-array of colourful characters over its 150 year history and one group has endeavoured to document them all.

In the lead-up to the town's anniversary celebrations, the Allora and District Historical Society has looked over records and chatted to long-time residents to compile the list.

These 'pioneers' have been made into raffle tickets that will be drawn at the Pioneers Dinner at the Allora Community Hall on July 20.

The 'Last Pioneer Standing' raffle flips the traditional raffle on its head, with the final ticket drawn taking the $1000 grand prize.

President of the Allora Historical Society Lyn Wright said narrowing the list of people down to 100 was not an easy task.

"I have definitely had some flak for my decisions," she said.

"What we have are 100 notable people who might not have been well known outside of Allora but excelled in their fields within the town."

Mrs Wright put a focus on the women who helped make it the 'best little town on the Downs'.

"Women are often left out of the discussion around pioneers so I have made a deliberate effort to include them here," she said.

"Allora has had two women councillors who came into politics during a time when it was still taboo, they were definitely worth acknowledging," she said.

People attending the dinner may dress-up to represent the 150 year history while enjoying a two-course meal and entertainment from poet Gary Fogarty who is making an appearance thanks to an RADF grant.

The $50 dinner, $20 raffle, and $25 Sunday morning poet's breakfast tickets can be purchased from the Allora Credit Union or through the Historical Society's secretary Wendy at adhssec@gmail.com.



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