Guests pop in for afternoon
THE "Mary Poppins House Open Afternoon" lived up to all expectations of those who ignored the inclement weather to explore the magnificently restored home and gardens of Les and Lorraine Struthers at 61 Herbert St, Allora.
Allora's Jaimie McMillan was one of the many visitors overcome by the house's charms: "Allora is one lucky place - full of such amazing history".
The house was the home of Travers and Margaret Goff and their three daughters from 1905 to 1907, when Travers Goff was manager of the Australian Joint Stock Bank, which was also located in the house.
The Struthers have tried to recreate the home to resemble the property as it would have been in the time the Goffs were residents. Their effort is exemplary with period furnishings to the finest detail, and walls painted in the original colours as discovered during the restoration.
Les and Lorraine themselves were in period costume based on photographs of former residents Mr and Mrs Goff. Lorraine even had a Mary Poppins parrot head umbrella. Funds raised from the day will be used to finance the restoration of Travers Goff's grave in the Allora Cemetery.
It's show time
IT'S going to be rides galore at the 2013 Allora Annual Show on February 8 and 9, a festival of thrills and spills. Not too many spills we hope, but definitely plenty of thrills. Certainties for what will be the 135th annual agricultural show in the "Best Little Town on the Downs" are the dodge'em cars, ferris wheel and bungie jumps.
This year show patrons can enjoy the excitement of a new ride on the Show circuit, called Stars. Patrons can get vouchers offering two rides for the price of one on Friday night from 5pm until 8pm. Vouchers will be included in the Allora Advertiser next week and at Allora Show office.
A feature of this year's show will be the official opening at noon on show Saturday by Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AO who will also dedicate the recently restored Allora Showgrounds grand stand.
The 2013 Allora Show Schedule is on the Allora Show Society website allorashow.org.au. It can be downloaded and any pages printed, including entry forms, waivers, site forms etc.
Allora Show memberships are now due and available online, by post, or from Allora True Value Hardware, Allora Post Office, Allora News and Allora Pharmacy. Allora Show membership allows entry to the Stanthorpe, Killarney and Warwick Shows.
Warriors vs Bombers
IT'S all systems go for local rugby league club the Wattles Warriors as members look towards their initial season hit out tomorrow against Ipswich Rugby League Club, the Fassifern Bombers.
The matches will be Wattles first trial matches as they prepare for the 2013 Toowoomba Rugby League season.
Wattles are no strangers to the Bombers having made the trek over the range for a pre-season clash in 2010 at Harrisville's Hayes Oval.
It was the Warriors first hit out for the new season back then, but the Bombers took the honours winning 44-18 on home turf. Scott Murdoch, Matt McCarthy and Luke Whitton scored Wattles tries that day, and Brady Glass booted three goals.
Fassifern will provide a sturdy test for Wattles being current Ipswich Rugby League first grade premiers, but will have to perform on Wattles home turf at Clifton's Platz Oval.
Saturday's program kicks off at 4.30pm with an under-18 match followed by the senior grade clash at 6pm.