TOP: Allora School Band in the Centenary Parade in 1969. ABOVE LEFT: Pony Club members in 1969. ABOVE RIGHT: Committee members Jim Anderson (vice-president), Trevor Neale, Yve Stocks, Ross Neale, Kaye Mullins (treasurer), Jonno, Sheryl Windle, Alanna O'Halloran, Wendy Ardrey (secretary) and Lyn Wright (president).
TOP: Allora School Band in the Centenary Parade in 1969. ABOVE LEFT: Pony Club members in 1969. ABOVE RIGHT: Committee members Jim Anderson (vice-president), Trevor Neale, Yve Stocks, Ross Neale, Kaye Mullins (treasurer), Jonno, Sheryl Windle, Alanna O'Halloran, Wendy Ardrey (secretary) and Lyn Wright (president). Allora & District Historical Soc

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Best Little Town set to mark huge milestone

FROM the simple beginnings of the horse and buggy to a modern day township, the quaint rural town of Allora has come a long way in the past 150 years.

The community is set to celebrate its 150th anniversary next July with a weekend event marking the proclamation of Allora into a municipality in 1869.

Treasuring artefacts, passed down family heirlooms and documentations, the Allora and District Historical Society invite present and past Allora residents to 'Come Home to Allora' to celebrate.

Club president Lyn Wright said it would be quite the reunion.

"Anyone who has a connection to Allora, whether they lived here or around the area are encouraged to reunite to celebrate the beauty of our town,” she said.

On the weekend of July 20-21, the historical society will host a number of events to signify historic moments of the town.

Local, state and federal government members will be guests for the re-eanactment of the proclamation of municipality.

Staged at the Old Shire Hall, Warwick crier Bob Townshend will perform the proclamation.

Historical society member Trevor Neale said the rural settlement exists because of its major crossings paths at Dalrymple Creek.

"Allora came to be formed as it was the only route for graziers to travel from the Southern Downs to Ipswich,” Mr Neale said.

Paying attribute to the industry which formed the town, the historical society will recreate a bullock wagon crossing the river at Jubb St to show the original route.

"The entire event will incorporate as much present and past Allora elements as possible,” Mrs Wright said.

Pony Club members in Centenary Parade in 1969.
Pony Club members in Centenary Parade in 1969. Allora & District Historical Soc

Also celebrating its jubilee the Allora and District Historical Society will have displays of memorabilia set up at the central hall for all residents to enjoy.

"It will be a meet and greet point for members of the community to learn the history of the town and celebrate its growth,” Mrs Wright said.

Sgt Pat Cronin Centenary of local government in 1969.
Sgt Pat Cronin Centenary of local government in 1969. Allora & District Historical Soc

Part of the displays will include the items that were donated for the town's 100th anniversary in 1969, which established the historical group.

"Fifty years ago they asked members of the town to bring items for a large display at the showgrounds,” Mrs Wright said.

"After that the families wanted them to be kept and preserved by the town, which formed the historical society.”

Gay Neale Centenary of local government in 1969.
Gay Neale Centenary of local government in 1969. Allora & District Historical Soc

The centenary event saw crowds cheering as a parade of marching bands, servicemen and local figures made their way through the main streets to the showground pavilions.

With events happening every other weekend, Mrs Wright said a love for all things equestrian was part of the town's identity.

"There has always been a love for horses in the town,” she said.

"With Pony Club, campdrafting and dressage competitions, it is something that stems from the first settler.”

Now with a population of under 1000, Mr Neale said Allora was a wholesome community.

"We have tremendous community support,” he said.

"For everyone this will be a once in a lifetime event to celebrate and be a part of.”



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