Display cabinets installed at Tolmie
MEMBERS of the Tolmie community gathered together on Sunday to celebrate the unveiling of two beautiful glass-fronted timber cabinets which have been installed in the foyer of the Tolmie Mechanics Institute.
Hand built by Tolmie cabinet maker Rob Allan, the cabinets have been made to fit within existing recesses of the hall foyer and constructed in keeping with the age and style of the 1920’s building.
The cabinets were made possible through a grant from the Mansfield Shire Council Community Matching Fund of $3372, a grant of $1000 from the Mansfield Community Fund, approximately $2500 from the Tolmie Mechanics Institute and Recreation Reserve Committee and hundreds of volunteer hours by Mr Allan.
The cabinets were beautifully stained by Barry McWaters of Bridge Creek, who also donated quite a deal of his time.
The cabinets will be used to house in a safe and secure manner, much of the historical literature, photographs, trophies and memorabilia etc. collected over Tolmie’s 135 year history, which are currently held by a range of individuals within and outside of the community.
By bringing these items together in one place, it will benefit all in the community now and in the future, to enjoy and to learn, more of the story of Tolmie through them and will help ensure that the history of Tolmie is preserved throughout future generations.
The construction of these cabinets was one of the initiatives of the Tolmie Community Plan which was developed by the community in 2011.
Other actions from the plan already completed include the installation of historical signage at key sites, the construction of the Community Kitchen, and the setting up of TOAST, the local transport initiative.
The committee is very keen to hear from anyone who might have items of historical interest which they could offer on loan to display in the new cabinets.
Contact Linda Terry on 5776 2113.
IT’S OFFICIAL: Cabinet maker Rob Allan cuts the ribbon on the display cabinet he constructed for the Tolmie Mechanics Institute, while Barry McWaters looks on.