Coorabell has 100 reasons to celebrate
The land that now houses the Coorabell Hall was purchased in 1909 and on October 24 a host of celebrations have been planned for its centenary.
A centenary committee has been formed and co-ordinator Kristine Pryor said many festivities had already been planned.
“Along with the celebrations, we are producing a centenary book and it’s already 60 pages,” she said.
“I have been working on this for two years and have found out some very interesting facts.”
Kristine said that two halls had actually been built at Coorabell in the early 1900s.
She said the first hall was built above Lofts Road in 1905, while the land for the present-day hall was purchased in 1909.
“The present hall was built in 1920 and I believe from my research that a fire destroyed the first hall in 1918,” Kristine said.
“What remains a mystery though is why land was purchased in 1909 for a hall when there was already one at Coorabell.”
Kristine has gathered the information for her centenary book from many sources including the internet, the Mullumbimby and Lismore historical societies and archives from The Northern Star.
Events already planned for the centenary celebrations in October include a maypole dance; display of old motors and tractors; food and drink stalls and entertainment by ‘The Mullumbimby Bloke’ Ray Essery.
Kristine said she was also hoping that the one surviving original hall trustee, 90-year-old Reg Wadsworth, would attend the celebrations.
If anyone has information on the Coorabell Hall they can contact Kristine on 66872538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org