EVENTS AT THE VILLAGE
If you feel like a good laugh and a hearty breakfast, on Sunday, October 22 the Village is hosting the Bush Poets Breakfast from 7-9.30am showcasing bush humour by renowned poet Noel Stallard.
Noel taught in both secondary and primary schools for 35 years and spent the past 11 years performing for the Queensland Arts Council in schools across Australia and internationally in Ireland.
In 2001, Noel released his first book, ‘Chalk Dust and Bull Dust’ and in 2002 won the Golden Damper Award twice for reciting bush poetry and for his original work.
He has won awards in the John O’brien Festival, and in 2003 took out the Australian Championship at Mulwala.
This is the highest accolade for performing bush poetry throughout Australia.
In 2009, Noel won the Bush Laureate award for the ‘best poem written for children’ and is the president of the Australian Bush Poets’ Association.
It is $15 each for a full cooked breakfast, entertainment and entry to the Pioneer Village.
Tickets are available at Rhonda’s Refits Toowoomba, or on the Village website and Facebook page.
On Sunday, October 29 and Sunday, November 26 from 10am-2.30pm, our volunteers will be running the Miniature Steam Loco Myrtle May.
Myrtle’s total length is 11.6 metres, she runs on 10-and-a-quarter inch track and has three passenger carriages and a water and coal tender.
She can carry more than 12 adults or 18 children at any time!
Myrtle May was built by Nelson Hoey in the name of his wife.
Myrtle May’s parts were cast at the Toowoomba foundry.
The last of the C16s was commissioned on April 21, 1915 and withdrawn from service on May 28, 1964, after travelling 1,134,533 miles around Queensland.
The last surviving full-scale C16 is currently being restored at Downs Steam.
Tickets are $3 per child and $5 per adult, children under five years are required to have an adult accompany them.
The Village is also open everyday except Christmas Day from 10am-4pm.
For more information, please phone the Village office on 4696 6309.