Early days of car­ni­val

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

WHEN sta­tion mas­ter Bill Prick­ett called a meet­ing to form a sports club with the idea of get­ting coun­try peo­ple to­gether it fell through due to lack of in­ter­est. per­sisted and a He new club was formed with the motto be­ing “As we live we grow”.

Dal­larnil in the 1920s was a very pros­per­ous coun­try town­ship and boasted a town pop­u­la­tion of 200 and two ho­tels. Sport­ing events were or­gan­ised twice yearly on Foun­da­tion Days and Royal Birthdays. Spe­cial trains were run from Bundaberg and Bris­bane con­nect­ing at Good­wood on the main line for the jour­ney to Dal­larnil. These events brought to­gether horse­men, cy­clists, ath­letes, box­ers and run­ners. The Dal­larnil Sports Club had to cater for huge crowds. Mem­bers’ wives toiled through­out the day, pro­vid­ing snacks and two- course lunches at min­i­mal costs.

Pro­vid­ing the fa­cil­i­ties for events re­quired bees. They built work­ing a saucer-shaped cy­cle track of a quar­ter mile cir­cuit, high jump hur­dles, yards, a hunt­ing buck-jump­ing track and a laned race track for the run­ner. The Sports Club went into re­cess years of World War dur­ing the Two, but re­formed in 1945. The club is look­ing for mem­o­ra­bilia for its up­com­ing cen­te­nary.

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