Romance was born at City Hall balls
THIS weekend’s 110th anniversary celebrations of the Maryborough City Hall have been a stroll down memory lane for Peter Olds and Moira Hansen.
For Moira, a ball in 1959 to mark the visit of Princess Alexandra to Maryborough, holds a special place in her heart.
She credits the ball as the start of her romance with her husband Brendan who would go on to be the region’s federal member and one of the Fraser Coast’s most notable politicians.
“I believe not only mine, but a few romances started that night,” she said.
Moira’s story is one of seven that is part of the display in the City Hall foyer.
“If anything of consequence happened in Maryborough then it was at the City Hall,” she said.
“For the ball everyone had to arrive by taxi and people lined the steps to welcome them.”
For engineer Peter Olds, he loved his weekly visit to the City Hall to work on the clock with his father William and the city electrician, Sam Rowlings.
“The clock is electrical and mechanical,” Peter said.
“Dad made some of the replacement parts for it. He made the gears and the cutters to cut the teeth in the gears.”
When the clock was refurbished in 2016 some of the spare parts Peter had in his collection at home became indispensable.
The clock is run by mercury switches which are now very rare to find.
“One of the new switches was faulty so until a replacement could be found they used an old one I had at home that had come out of the clock in the 1960s.”
The special display featuring stories from residents, photographs and artefacts will be installed in the auditorium entrance.
Royal Ball September, 1959.
Ball in progress Circa 1913.
Princess Alexandra at the Royal Ball 1959.