Past--100 years ago.
death- The Reverend Benjamin Glennie
passed away peacefully at Wynnum where he had
resided for the past eight months, and in him
had passed away a pioneer of the Church of
England who had laboured in its service for 40
years. He was born in London in 1812 and
was appointed an incumbent Priest of Moreton Bay
in 1849 and of the Darling Downs in the same
year. The Reverend Glennie took charge of
the Warwick Parish in 1860, where he
remained until 1872; afterwards being appointed
to Drayton and then Toowoomba.
Owing to advancing years, he
resigned in 1886 when he was appointed first
honorary chaplain of the newly consecrated
Brisbane Cathedral, and afterwards lived
throughout the Downs with his wife Mary Brougham
nee Crawshaw. (Rev. Glennie's diary
records, in 1849, his visit to the Downs when he
gave a church service at Jubbs Hotel at
The annual licencing court was
held in Allora
before Messrs, W.Deacon, P.Donovan, T.C.Davies
and J.H.Dickey, J.J.P. The following
renewals were granted: Princess of Wales,
S.Gordon. Tattersal's Hotel,
J.Copelin. Commercial Hotel, F.R.
Kilmister; Royal Hotel, J.J.Lydon; Club
Hotel, J.Pass; Railway Hotel (Hendon), Jos
Announcement was made by Mr. John Pass
for the transfer of the licence of the Club
Hotel from himself to Henri Masson. A
further announcement notified that the Club
Hotel under the management of Captain H.Masson
would shortly be renovated, and new commodious
saleyards would be open for public accommodation
free of charge. Oysters would always be on
hand and one of Edison's latest phonographs
would shortly arrive. (When the Club Hotel
situated on the site of the present Jubilee
Gardens, burned down in 1917, the saleyards were
used by Deacon & Co and Donovan & Son
until the municipal saleyards were built in
Exchange. A meeting of
businessmen is convened to pursue the matter of
a telephone exchange here. Other places,
half the size of Allora,
have already moved in this direction and there
is not the slightest question as to its vital
necessity if we wish to keep pace with the
growing importance of the town and
Service. The Rev. D.McLennan will
take for the subject of his service tomorrow
night in the Allora
Presbyterian Church, "Heaven, where is it,
what is it, and how to get there". Mr. McLennan
will conduct the first service in the new
Goomburra Hall on Sunday next, at 7.30
rebuilding of the Royal Hotel, destroyed by fire
in April, commenced on Monday. The new
premises, comprising a two storied hotel, a shop
and a billiard saloon, will have a frontage of
64 feet to Herbert Street and 36 feet to Drayton
Street. The cost of the building will be
in the vicinity of £2,300. The contractor is Mr.
E.C.Rice (Sandgate) with Mr. W.Leggatt
supervising the work for the owner, Mrs. D.
McKendry, Nundah. When completed, the
building will be a worthy addition to the new
premises in the town.
hurt: Fourteen children were hurt
when the truck, in which they were being taken
to school in Allora,
collided with a guide post on the Forest Springs
Road. The children were thrown to the
roadway and eight were subsequently taken to the
Hospital for treatment. Two, Maria
Cavanagh (5), and Christina Rickert (8) were
admitted. The truck is owned and operated
by Mr. Percy Gartner,(58), bus proprietor, of
Berat. Mr. Gartner was licensed to use the
truck to take the children from the Berat-Forest
Springs area to Allora
while his bus was under repair.
The Liquor Acts, 1912 to
1954. Notice of Compensation.
The Licensing Commission has accepted
the surrender of the Licensed Victauller's
license in respect to the premises mentioned
herewith. Notice is hereby given that the
following compensation has been awarded.
The Princess of Wales Hotel, Allora.
Cecil Dudley Roberts, Harold Charles
Roberts and Douglas Roylston Roberts,
Dirranbandi, as owners, £400. John Nolan
Phillips, of Allora,
as licensee, £320.
Catholic Debutante Ball.
More than 500 Allora
residents and visitors from all parts of the
Downs attended the annual Allora
Catholic Debutante Ball, held in the Central
Hall on Tuesday night. Four young ladies, Miss
Patricia Ryan of Allora,
Miss Joan Willett of Glengallan, Miss Patricia
Maher of Allora,
and Miss Cynthia Purdy of Stanthorpe made their
debut at the ball and were presented to Bishop
Brennan of Toowoomba. Matrons-of-homour
were Mesdames J. Ryan, G. Henry and N.
Catholic Debutante Ball.
Coomunity Hall was filled to capacity when two
local girls took their step into society at the
Catholic caberet ball. The two girls were
presented to Monsignor McMorrow of Toowoomba.
The first deb to enter the hall was Lee-Anne
Wallace, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Terry Wallace of Goomburra. Lee-Anne was
partnered by Mr. Leigh Shapland of Spring
Creek. Second deb for the evening was
Jennifer McVeigh, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Pat McVeigh of Victoria Hill. Jennifer was
partnered by Mr. Steven Stewart of
Massie farmer, John Joseph Cantwell, 51, was
seriously injured yesterday, when his tractor
overturned, and he was pinned beneath the
machine for more than a quarter of an hour. Mr.
Cantwell was rushed to the Warwick Base Hospital
after a bulldozer had to be used to release him.
The tractor was raised with the blade of the
bulldozer, to free Mr. Cantwell, who although
badly injured, remained conscious throughout.
Inquiries into the accident are being
made by Senior Constable K. Collins.
Awaited by the Allora
Shire Council for some months, the Warwick
Co-operative Dairy Association’s offer to supply
electric current for private and street
lighting, was received and accepted at Tuesday’s
meeting. The Association proposed to supply the
current in bulk from its Allora
butter factory for an annual payment of 500
pounds plus 3d per unit of
A half holiday
throughout the Allora
Shire has been granted for this
nominations have been
Bookmakers will be
operating on Local and Southern
Publican’s Booth on the
5/- Tote will be
operating on local events and the Melbourne
Admission : Gents
10/-, Ladies 5/-.
J. G. Hilton, Hon.
Messrs. Deacon & Co.
and H. W. Stay & Sons report having had a
Clearing Sale of 30 dairy cows and heifers on
account of Mr. D. K. and Mrs. J. Black,
Goomburra, on Friday last. Keen competition
prevailed – the whole herd averaging
Prices were : Cows in profit £36/10/- to £39.
First calf heifers £26 to £31/5/-. Cows in milk
some little time sold from £26/10/- to
Past 75 years ago - November
Ron Doyle, aged 14, an employee of
the Warwick Co-operative Association’s Allora
factory had a lucky escape on Monday, when
practically every stitch of his clothing was
torn off by the rotating main shaft.
Doyle was discovered nearly 20
minutes later by butter maker, Mr. W. J. Wright,
clad only in shoes and stockings and part of his
undershirt. It is believed that Doyle’s apron
became tangled in the shaft when he was stepping
After his return home, Mr. Doyle
received medical attention, and beyond a few
body bruises and a shaking, he was found to be
none the worse for his experience.
Past 100 years ago, November
A number of friends visited Mr. and
F. H. Kates at their beautiful residence,
“Richmond”, on Monday night, armed with
provisions enough for a small army, and
conducted a surprise party. Surprised and
surprisers alike entered into the spirit of the
occasion and the affair was an unlimited
success. Dancing was the chief amusement and the
supper was a triumph of culinary art. Mrs.
Travers R. Goff was installed as hostess. The
invaders included visitors from Clifton,
Headington Hill and elsewhere, all being
received with the utmost hospitality by Mr. and
Mrs. Travers Goff was the mother of
Pamela Travers, writer of the Mary Poppins
Past 25 years ago - December
Bob and Marion Denny wish to thank
all those who sent their congratulations on the
arrival of their baby daughter, Rebecca Louise.
Please accept this as their personal thanks.
Past 100 years ago, December 1906
A curious encounter, happily
unattended with severe consequences, occurred on
Thursday morning. An old identity named Dines,
who is very much advanced in years, was making
his way towards town and when on the far bank of
the creek, near what is locally known as the
Precipice, he was attacked by a large black
billy goat which inhabits that locality. He was
knocked down at the first onslaught and the
pugilistic billy thereupon worried his victim
who was unable to regain his feet till help
came, by which time he was quite exhausted. This
is evidently much too dangerous an animal to
have at large and news of his demise will be
received with satisfaction.
Past 75 years ago - December
Information of a favourable nature
was received at a meeting of the committee
appointed to consider the formation of a bowling
club in Allora,
when it was reported that the licensee of the
Memorial Park Reserve (Mr. W. Gilmore) would
raise no objection to portion being used as a
bowling green. Methods of raising funds were
considered, but no recommendations were made.
The chairman and secretary were empowered to
prepare a report from information received from
various sources. This will be submitted to a
public meeting at a later date when it is
confidently expected that definite action will
result. The chairman, Mr. A. Hamilton, presided
at the meeting and there were present, Dr. C. P.
Sapsford, Messrs. John Holmes, W. Leggatt and J.
Dean, and the secretary (Mr. S.
Past 100 years ago, December 1906
What was described as a remarkable
escape from injury or death by lightning,
occurred at Goomburra. Mr. James Tickle was
engaged in the afternoon milking when a
tremendous flash of lightning struck the cow
which he was milking, killing it instantly.
Beyond a slight shock, Mr. Tickle sustained no
injury, though the hair on his left arm was
singed and there was a small mark on his
Past 25 years ago February
A meeting will be held in the R. S.
L. Memorial Hall on Thursday, March
4th, at 2 p.m., with the aim of
forming a branch of the Women’s Auxiliary of the
R. S. L. A.
All interested ladies are asked to
Past 50 years ago, February 1957
Would all players and intending
players for the coming season please hand their
names with Membership Fees to the President, Mr.
P. Schriek, or Secretary-Treasurer, J. Hilton,
as soon as possible.
Teams competing this season are Allora,
Collegians, Eastern Suburbs, Killarney,
Pittsworth and Stanthorpe.
So, come on boys, get together and
Football back on that high pedestal it occupied
in the years passed.
You do your part and the public will
give you every support.
J. G. Hilton Hon. Sec.
Past 100 years ago, February
Mr. Travers R.
Mr. Travers R. Goff, manager of the
local branch of the A. J. S. Bank since the
departure of Mr. J. H. Dickey, some two years
ago, died on Thursday night last after a short
but severe illness, aged 43 years, and his
sudden demise came as a great shock to his many
friends. Universal sympathy is felt for Mrs.
Goff and young family whom the deceased
gentleman leaves to mourn his loss. The
interment took place in the Allora
yesterday afternoon, the funeral procession
being both long and representative. The Rev. H.
T. Molesworth conducted the last sad offices at
(Mr. Goff was the father of Pamela
Travers, writer of the “Mary Poppins” books)
The twenty-third annual exhibition of
the Central Downs A. & H. Assn. which took
place on Wednesday and Thursday last, was an
outstanding success, vindicating the decision of
the executive to hold the show over two days for
the first time. The entries in all sections
touched on 900, an increase of 300 on last year.
Close to 2500 souls passed through the gates
during the two days. Grandstand receipts,
however, were disappointing and were poor
recompense for the large outlay the Association
had made on that newly completed edifice. The
usual complement of sideshows plied a brisk
trade and the Methodist brass band discoursed
sweet music at intervals. Tom Collins’ booths
did booming business and Mrs. Collins provided a
first class luncheon.
All in all, the committee can feel
well pleased with the outcome of the show.
Malcolm Dines, a very old identity,
aged 74 years, appeared before the local bench
this week on suspicion of being of unsound mind.
The medical certificate, and the general
behavior of the unfortunate gentleman were
strongly in support of the suspicion that his
mind had given way, and he was ordered to be
sent to the Toowoomba asylum.
Dines was, some little time ago, the
victim of a savage attack by a large billy goat
which mauled him severely, and he apparently
never recovered from the shock that he
Past 75 years ago, February
Several school in the Allora
district have been almost deserted since
attendance has been restricted to children over
12 years following a review by the Department of
Public Instruction of the Infantile Paralysis
situation. At the Allora
State School where the effective attendance last
year was 153, only 43 were present on the
opening day and since the recent decision by the
Department, the daily roll has averaged 27.
Official figures for other schools are not
available, but it is believed that at Talgai
West, only 3 out of 20 are attending. Country
correspondents for Berat, Goomburra, Upper
Forest Springs, Inveramsay and Mount Marshall
report that at the most, 5 children as a daily
attendance. The effective enrollment at each of
these schools is between 20 and 30.
Investigation by a committee resulted
in the presentation of a comprehensive report on
the establishment of a bowling club, to a public
meeting on Monday night. Following lengthy
discussion it was resolved that a club be
formed, and that the necessary funds for the
construction of a green be raised by debentures.
Fourteen prospective members agreed to take at
least one debenture of £5, and it was decided
that a canvass be made to induce others to join.
The meeting was then adjourned, as no further
action was possible pending the review of the
What is said to be a record second
wicket partnership in Allora
cricket history was established by the Allora
Club against Toowoomba Waratahs on Sunday.
Having disposed of the opposition for 78 runs,
faced the bowling attack. W. A. Gordon was
caught off the first ball of the innings but
George Rickert and Roy Stay combined to raise
182 runs, when the latter retired after scoring
nine runs over his century. Rickert continued to
score but with 97 runs to his credit he was
given out leg before wicket.
Past 100 years ago, February
Death of Mr.
Mr. George Clark died at East Talgai
on February 5th. The deceased
gentleman arrived in the district from Tasmania
about 50 years ago and in partnership with his
brother, Mr. Charles Clark, ran a flour mill in
Warwick. Talgai Station was shortly afterwards
divided and the Clark brothers took over the
eastern portion. During more recent years the
Station has been managed by Mr. George Clark’s
only son, Mr. G. C. Clark, who has been carrying
on the breeding of stud sheep.
The deceased was buried in the Allora
Mr. Young, of the Catholic Apostolic Church,
conducting the funeral service.
Past 25 years ago, March 1982
1981-82 CRICKET GRAND FINAL
Victoria Hill plays Clifton, Sunday
14th March, at 10 a.m. at Allora.
Victoria Hill team: Kerry Cranitch, Bill
Easton, Lindsay May, Terry Doyle, Len Morris,
Vic Fraser, Dick Thew, David Green, Brian
Keleher, Colin Bell, Geoff Graham, Gary Meara
Clifton team: Malcolm Duff (captain), Brett
Brown, Wayne Brown, Mark Toomey, Billy Meara,
Billy Maguire, Ron Gurney, Alan Richards,
Freddie Ruhle, Stephen Drewery, Malcolm
Fiechtner, Doug Currie (12th
O’HALLORAN (nee Newport). Garry, Bev and
Alanna are proud to announce the safe arrival of
their daughter and sister, Keeley Maree, born at
Charleville Base Hospital on 19-2-82, weighing
Past 50 years ago, March 1957
Sporting Highlight . . .The local
cricket season is destined to close on an
hilarious note this Sunday when a team selected
from the local Bowling Club will play Goomburra
at Goomburra. Arrangements are already in hand
for a return match of bowls to be played in the
The Bowling Club team will be picked from the
following list of names : O. Smith, H. J.
Holmes, Ray Hoey, Vic Smith, M. Holmes, C. Stay,
C. Pacholke, R. Turner, J. Yung, L. Lancaster,
M. Beattie, N. Bradfield, N. Guy, T. Jell, P.
Connors, W. Connors, E. Geitz, Ray Lindwall (if
available), Ted Jensen (official scorer. Time
for departure will be advised on Saturday at
Results of this match, along with casualty
list, will be published in next week’s
Sporting Highlight .
The long awaited cricket match between the
local Bowlers and Goomburra took place on Sunday
last at Goomburra. In a keenly fought match
Goomburra were victorious by 3 runs, the scores
being : Goomburra 153, Bowlers 150. Casualties
included : G. Gilmore, Goomburra, cut above the
eye; Bowling team, all very stiff in the
The bowlers are confident that they will
reverse the decision on the return match of
bowls which, it is hoped, will be played on the
I wish to advise the people of
and District that I will be taking over Mangan
Butcher Shop on Monday next, 1st
April, and assure them of my best service at all
D. R. Weier, Butcher.
Past 127 years ago, March 1880.
The following is an extract from the diary
of Spencer Briggs which will be released by the
Historical Society in book form this month.
Inquiries to the Secretary.
17th March, 1880. St. Pat’s Day.
Sports & cricket match & Ball.
Got up rather late. Headache not quite gone.
Cricket match began at ½ 10, also sports which
went off very well - Pat Doyle & Bob Andrews
being the principal winners. Jumping not very
grand. Highest standing jump 4 ft. 2 in. - not
so bad. The caber was too heavy. Only Bob
Andrews could turn it over, Mat Carroll being
too tight. Mrs. Tebbett won the Old Women’s race
for leg of mutton. Harry Dank won Pat Kelley’s
race for a note. Cranitch had a fine booth &
Mrs Leggatt a little one. Mrs. Tebbett only had
one fight with a man who tumbled off his horse
on top of her which was the best part of the
sports. Sports knocked off at ½ 6. Allora
beat Warwick easy at cricket. Mr. & Mrs. W.
J. Rooney came in to dinner. Ned Collins got his
teeth knocked out. Went to ball at Wills’ Hall
in evening but did not dance much. More men than
women. Got home at 4. Turned in at 5.
Past 100 years ago, March
There is an awakened interest in
military matters in Allora
and on Tuesday evening the town presented quite
a martial appearance, or would have done so if
all the raw recruits undergoing their initial
drill had been attired in their proper uniforms.
Then there are the school cadets, assiduously
performing their weekly drill. These exhibit
considerable enthusiasm and have long since
obtained their guns with which they are fast
maintaining a close relationship. But they still
complain that they have no clothes, which fact
tends to distract from their interest in the
eyes of the public. However, they have been
lately been presented with leggings, and
although regarded as clothing, leggings do not
amount to much, the fact of the school cadets
obtaining them may be taken as an earnest that
they will be properly uniformed before long. And
certainly, if they are to obtain their outfits
by degrees, it is encouraging to note that the
authorities have started at the right
The above is an example of the
writings and wit of Spencer Briggs which
appeared in the “Allora
Guardian” under his pen name of “The
Past 75 years ago, March
Having the unusual, yet pleasing,
appearance of an old English inn, the new Royal
Hotel which opened for business on Monday, is
nevertheless designed to allow the maximum
ventilation so essential for comfort in
Queensland’s weather. The building has been
charmingly furnished throughout with eight
bedrooms on the first floor. Two bathrooms
contain all the modern appearances. The building
is lighted throughout with acetylene gas. Mrs.
M. J. McKendry and Mr. McKendry are well known
in the district, having resided in Allora
a number of years ago.
Past 75 years ago, March
volunteer fire brigade extinguished its first
blaze on Tuesday evening last. Fortunately the
conflagration was of the brigade’s own making, a
large stack of dry grass in a gully near the
weir being fired for practise purposes. The
pumping unit was manned, the water being drawn
direct from the creek, and the nozzle men
directed an accurate stream on to the blaze,
extinguishing it in a few minutes. It is
anticipated that changes will be made in the
pump gangs, as it was found that the pump was
operated with more success by four men rather
than six, provided that the reliefs were
While working in the sandstone
cutting at Deuchar, the men of the Massie Flat
relief scheme unearthed portion of a human
skeleton. From the shape of the skull, the
remains are probably those of an aborigine.
Residents of the Deuchar district state that in
the early days aborigines were plentiful in that
area. At the present time the skull’s temporary
resting place is in the police
Past 25 years ago, April
Col and Marcia Young advise that Mr.
Colin Gay has taken over their school bus runs
and they would like to express their
appreciation for all who have offered help and
assistance during the years they have been in
business and also to offer their thanks to the
P. & C. Association for organizing their
recent farewell evening.
WELCOME HOME to Mr. & Mrs. Neil
Masters (nee Sharon Wright) Saturday,
17th April, Goomburra Hall. Jim
Kelly’s Orchestra. Ladies please
Past 50 years ago, April
Services are listed for the following
4.28 a.m. Dawn Service – War
9.30 a.m. Cemetery
Service - Allora
2 p.m. assemble at Shire Hall for
procession to War
Boy Scouts and Public Bodies are
invited to take place in the march.
2.30 p.m. Afternoon Service – War
Speakers:- Sir Arthur Fadden, Deputy
Prime Minister; Councillor J. Hoey; Mr. L.
8 p.m. CONCERT. Central
Concert by silver coin.
Distressed Digger’s Fund.
J. W. Deacon, Hon. Sec.
Anzac Day Commemoration
To commemorate Anzac Day 2007 the Allora
Historical Society have set up a display “Boer
War to Vietnam” at the Drayton Street Museum.
Open Sundays 1.30 to 4 p.m.
Past 100 years ago, April
A meeting for the purpose of forming
a football club took place on Saturday night
There was a very fair attendance and
Mr. W. Hawes presided. It was unanimously
decided to form a football club, namely the Allora
Rangers Football Club. It is evident, judging
from the interest manifested in the proceedings,
that the knights of the ball mean business this
season. The election of office bearers resulted
as follows :- President, Mr. W. Hawes; Vice
presidents, Revs. Potter, Molesworth, McLennan,
Smith, Dr. Pain, Messrs. Kates, Davies, Cordon,
McLeod, Harvey, Kilmister, Symes and J. E.
Flynn. A large and representative committee was
also elected. W. Clarke was appointed captain,
with J. Rynne vice-captain. A selection
committee of W. Clarke, T. Collins, and W. Rynne
The colours selected were green and
gold and the membership was set at