Allora Historical Society committee member David Benington was on duty as a voluntary host at the Allora Museum.
Allora Historical Society committee member David Benington was on duty as a voluntary host at the Allora Museum. Glyn Rees

Society works to preserve history

WHILE Allora may wear the tag of the "Best Little Town on the Downs", and very proudly, and also be the owner of what is considered among Australia's best country town streetscapes gazing up Herbert St, it is also alive with local history.

Allora was constituted as a municipality on the June 21 1869, after the surrounding region had figured prominently in Queensland's early history, with prominent pioneers such as the Leslie brothers and John Deuchar among others all in touch with the Allora area.

The Allora Historical Society has championed the cause of recognising, preserving and promoting the history of the Allora district since it was formed in 1969. The group is particularly active within the community, maintaining museum sites at the old Allora Shire Hall at the corner of Warwick and Forde Sts, and at 27 Drayton St.

In October last year the Society hosted the inaugural Allora and District Historical Society Display and Demonstration Day, which was a tremendous success, an event that it seems will appear on the Allora calendar regularly.

In his official address at the event, Historical Society President Allan Darr announced some of the vision for the Historical Society and the local Warwick St precinct, which included moving the society's School of Arts building located in Drayton St to the Warwick St site, as well as erecting a new building to house and display valuable items" on the precinct land surrounding the old Allora Shire Chambers.

However, the Society's primary focus is on the old Council Chambers that requires a lot of repair work to restore it to its former glory.

Part of the hardworking Historical Society's vision also is that the precinct would become a place of learning and discovery for school students as well as the public.

There is little doubt that the Allora Historical Society is making excellent progress preserving our past.

Its current museum and precinct along with its vision for the future will see the history of the Allora district preserved for future generations.

The Allora Historical Society Museum in Drayton St is open Sundays, 1.30pm-4pm, while the Warwick St display housed in the old Allora Shire Chambers is open by appointment.

If you would like more information or want to help in the preservation, contact Allan Darr on 4666 3159.


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