Se­lene Hall ar­rives at Monto His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE hard­est part of mov­ing Se­lene Hall to Monto is now over af­ter its ar­rival via truck on Mon­day morn­ing.

Once used as a dance hall at Se­lene, near Telle­bang, the old hall has sat un­used for the past 10 years.

Monto His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety trea­surer Neal Dar­ling­ton came up with the idea to move it to the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety grounds about 18 months ago.

“I live out at Telle­bang and I went and asked the trustees and they said they’d be more than happy to give it to us,” Mr Dar­ling­ton said.

“So then Mary Sharp and I ap­plied for a grant, which we got – and the rest is his­tory.”

Back in the day, the hall was a wet weather shel­ter for school kids, a meet­ing hall for the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion and the birth­place of the Mulgildie Danc­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Now it will act as a place for Monto His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to ar­chive it’s back­log of pho­tos.

“It’ll live here now, since it’ll have a great use for us,” Mr Dar­ling­ton said.

“Once we get it all or­gan­ised, we’re go­ing to hold a dance there.”

The hall was placed on a truck over Christ­mas, to be moved by Herner Bros House Re­movals once the Christ­mas wide load cur­few ended.

His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Trevor Pin­cott said there was still work to be done on the hall.

“Later in the week we’re go­ing to jack it up, get the stumps un­der it, get it all lev­elled and take the break­ing out,” Mr Pin­cott said.

“There’s a lot of pho­to­graphic stuff we’re go­ing to put in there.”

“We’re go­ing to re­paint it, put in steps and ramps, but the ma­jor part is over now.”

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

MOV­ING THE HALL: Work­ers from Her­bener Bros­moved the hall on Mon­day.

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