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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.

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