Precinct seeks sto­ries on Roma co-op­er­a­tive but­ter fac­tory

The Western Star - - LIFE -

THE Roma His­tor­i­cal Precinct is call­ing on fam­ily mem­bers and friends of those who worked at the Roma co-op­er­a­tive but­ter fac­tory or grain sheds to at­tend an af­ter­noon tea at the Over­lan­der Homestead mo­tel from 2pm Tues­day.

Any­one with sto­ries and mem­o­ries from the but­ter fac­tory and grain sheds are en­cour­aged to at­tend, as the coun­cil pre­pares to re­store the but­ter fac­tory to its orig­i­nal con­di­tion, while pre­serv­ing the legacy .

The Roma co-op­er­a­tive

but­ter fac­tory was opened in 1910, and pro­duced but­ter from cream un­til the 1960s.

A num­ber of jovial tales have arisen from the fac­tory’s time of oper­a­tion, from the in­fa­mous boot hid­den in the cream to the tree frog in­ci­dent, the his­tor­i­cal precinct are hop­ing to un­cover and pre­serve th­ese tales.

Though still in the pre­lim­i­nary stages, plan­ning has be­gun to re­store the fac­tory into an op­er­a­tional ex­hi­bi­tion, where fam­i­lies can en­joy a day out, learn­ing more about but­ter pro­duc­tion and the his­tory of town.

The af­ter­noon tea is open to all, and prom­ises to be a day filled with sto­ries, mem­o­ries and a dose of Roma but­ter mak­ing his­tory.

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