Cunnamulla to Turn 150 in 2018
Cunnamulla 150 celerbrations will be in full swing from 8 – 11 November 2018 where the town is expected to more than double in size as past and present Cunnamulla residents come together to reunite, celebrate and commemorate.
While the official program has not yet been released, the organising committee says there will be plenty to do and have suggested a Gala Ball – (dress through the ages), Markets, Music and Mayhem, Street Party & concert, photographic and memorabilia exhibitions, and that event we’ve done so well over all the years ……… A Street Parade!!!
A Remembrance Day Ceremony will also be included as it will be 100 years since World War 1 ended. Cunnamulla had plenty of men and women who went to the many wars to fight for our country and rights.
If you are looking for ways to become involved in Cunnamulla 150 following are just a couple;
Memory Quilt –
Lyndall Mcgregor is coordinating a memory quilt. Squares are to be 9″x 9″ (you can convert to cm or mm). The design should depict your family and can be sewn, painted, photo imposed on fabric, screen printed – anything that works really. The deadline for the squares is July 31st. Ideally you will have your family name on the square. The squares can be sent /given to Lyndall Emma Street Cunnamulla Qld 4490.
Sandra Walters is coordinating collection of wedding photos and Opal Festival photos. Wedding photos can be yours parents, grandparents. They will need to include the names of the people in the photo. You can send copies to Sandy at Po Box 1 Hervey Bay Qld or to firstname.lastname@example.org The committee needs someone to volunteer to coordinate collecting and displaying general photos.
If you would like to help please make contact via Cunnamulla150 Facebook page. The Cunnamulla museum has an extensive collection of very old photos but not as many since 1950’s. Hopefully we will get heaps and be able to leave them in the museum for future.
I know of one passionate Cunnamulla historian who is no longer with us that will be watching over the preparations and that is Mr Doug MacGregor. Doug had an amazing knowledge and photographic collection of the area and there was very little he did not know. You would ask him a question and within seconds he would pull out a photo and tell the stories. Cunnamulla 150 will certainly miss you Dougie!
Another who is still with us but no longer in Cunnamulla is Mrs Lorna Finlay who followed her mothers passion for history. Mrs Finlay once told me she started becoming interested in history from a really young age and was just a little girl. It is an interest that she continued to nurture right through to today so hopefully Mrs Fin will be at the Cunnamulla 150 event answering millions of questions.
If you have a spare 2.5 hours there will be a great Cunnamulla Town & Industry Tour operating daily from 8am. Looking for quality Cunnamulla accommodation check out Club Boutique Hotel located in the Cunnamulla CBD just a few minutes walk from everywhere.
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