Ro­mance was born at City Hall balls

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

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.

Pho­tos: Contributed

Princess Alexan­dra at the Royal Ball 1959.

Photo: Boni Holmes

Peter Olds.

Moira Hansen.

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