'Magical' little town celebrates major milestone
THERE is something special about the small patch of farming land nestled beside the swampy Dalrymple Creek, otherwise known as the 'Best Little Town on the Downs'.
From generation to generation, boom to bust, and flood to drought, some pioneering families have chosen to stay in Allora for more than 150 years.
On Saturday, July 20, the town begins its weekend-long celebration of Allora's proclamation of municipality with everything from bullock crossings to maypole dancing to tours at Talgai Homestead.
For the great, great-grandson of Edward Anderson, the man who first rode over the future site of Allora, the town has an inexplicable pull that keeps people coming back.
James 'Jim' Anderson grew up in the town of 889 and returned only 18 months ago to a home in a 'good spot' by the creek.
"It's hard to explain,” he said.
"It's a great place to live, it isn't hectic and you can walk pretty well everywhere.
"It's just magical, really.”
Mr Anderson became involved in the Allora and District Historical Society and has relished the unique sense of community.
"I think its always had that great community spirit,” he said.
"Though things close down as time goes on, everything we could pretty well want is here.”
The community is pulling together to support the ADHS across the two day event that asks residents new and old to 'Come home to Allora'.
ADHS president Lyn Wright said though the history of the town was a drawcard, it was the people of Allora who made the town special.
"You feel comfortable with friends and the people that you meet,” she said.
"Lots of people want to come here because they have a connection to it.
"They live here and they bring their children up here because it's a friendly town.”
For those wanting to experience the country hospitality of the historic pioneering town, the Allora 150 Celebrations will be held on July 20 to July 21 across the region.
For more information, full program and tickets visit www.allora150.org.