HAPPY PLACE: Postmans Ridge Pioneers Memorial Hall secretary Ruby Jensen is helping mark the hall’s 80th anniversary.
HAPPY PLACE: Postmans Ridge Pioneers Memorial Hall secretary Ruby Jensen is helping mark the hall’s 80th anniversary. Tom Threadingham

Hall marks 80 years of history in Postmans Ridge

A RICH toe-tapping heritage spanning eight decades will be celebrated in February.

The Postmans Ridge Pioneers Memorial Hall will mark its 80th anniversary next week on January 26, with official celebrations scheduled for February 14.

The hall was built in 1934 on the original site of the Cobb and Co's stopping place and opened on January 26, 1935.

All the timber was donated and carted by residents of surrounding areas and was milled at Rose and Hood sawmills.

A supper room was added in 1953 and on December 18 that year, electricity was switched on - petrol lights had been used.

The hall was used as a residence in the 1970s and reopened as a dance hall in 1977.

Postmans Ridge Pioneers Memorial Hall secretary Ruby Jensen said she was looking forward to the 80th anniversary celebrations.

"That we got this far is great, because over the years there were a couple of attempts and talk of shifting it to Withcott," Mrs Jensen said.

"I just like seeing people enjoy themselves and I like it to be a happy place with lots of memories," she said.

Mrs Jensen hoped community support for the hall would swell following celebrations.

"This is your heritage because it belongs to the residents of Postmans Ridge and if we close it, it'll go to the Lockyer Valley council," she said.

"It would be nice to see a whole lot turn up to celebrate and maybe form a new committee, to know it's in safe hands."

The hall's 80th anniversary celebrations will be held on February 14 from 8pm.

A cake will be cut at 9pm by family members of the first hall committee.

Music will be provided by popular band Diamonds.


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