Maryvale Hall contains 100 years of memories
IT WAS a night of celebration for Maryvale on Saturday, as residents both past and present came together to commemorate the centenary of the Maryvale Hall.
At least 90 people packed into the 100-year-old hall to share their memories and celebrate a century of history of the much-loved community building.
Maryvale Hall chairman Frank Roche said people who had moved away returned for the event.
"We had people come from Brisbane, the north coast and the south coast," he said.
"There's a really good feeling amongst the committee of the hall."
Among the many long-time Maryvale residents at the centenary celebrations were the McCann brothers, who were raised in the town.
Ted McCann said he had a lot of fond memories of the Maryvale Hall.
"Every second Saturday there was a dance," he said.
"There was also a mass every second Sunday - my mother used to do the alter."
The McCann family have well-established roots in the Maryvale district, with most of the land behind the hall and the pub owned by the prominent family.
Mr McCann said his father had helped put in the railways in the town and build the pub.
"Dad first bought land in Maryvale in 1908," he said.
There was plenty more reminiscing on Saturday night, as old friends and new came together for a night of dancing, music and dinner.
Mr Roche said the Maryvale Hall was purely funded and run by volunteers.
"The Maryvale Hall has been the social hub of the district for 100 years," Mr Roche said.
"There are currently five volunteers on the hall committee and a few more people who volunteer their time to do grounds keeping and cleaning."