Southern Downs town crier Bob Townshend opens the official proceedings.
Southern Downs town crier Bob Townshend opens the official proceedings. Michael Nolan

PICTURES: Allora marks 150 years with big celebration

FOR a town of less than a 1000 people, Allora knows how to host a big party.

The Southern Downs community marked its 150th birthday with a massive celebration on the weekend, featuring historical events, street parades, cultural evenings and plenty of live entertainment.

Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey, Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe and Southern Downs Mayor Tracey Dobie were all on-hand to mark the occasion for a town with a storied legacy and rich history.

Former rugby league star Steve Gibson, who made a name for himself in English first grade, was named Allora's first sporting immortal during the festivities.

Visitors could also enjoy tours of the historic Talgai Homestead, which was established not long after the town's foundation and surveying, as well as the heritage-listed home of Mary Poppins author PL Travers.

The famous crossing of the Dalrymple Creek in 1840 by its namesake EE Dalrymple was also re-enacted by Rohan Morris and a quartet of bullocks on Saturday.

Other events included beard and moustache judging, penny farthing bikes, vintage cars, talent quests and market stalls.



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