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Pioneers Ball at Maleny 1927

In honor of the Pioneers.

PIONEERS' BALL. - MALENY, December 13. A pioneers' ball, organised by the entertainment committee of the Show Society, in honour of the pioneers of Maleny and district, took place in the Maleny School of Arts Hall on December 9. Despite the bad weather, the function was largely attended. The de- corations consisted of blue and white streamers, with a huge basket of flowers suspended from the centre of the ceiling. Mr. Horn carried out the duties of M.C., and the music was supplied by Messrs. Aird Bros. (Montville). A dainty supper was served in the supper room by the ladies. The tables were prettily decorated with shasta daisies. The invited guests were the 57 oldest residents living in the district. Those present were:-Mr. Francis Dunlop, Mrs. J. M'Carthy, Mr. and Mrs. J. Grigor, Mr. and Mrs. W. Skipper, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Scott, Mr. and Mrs. T. Hankinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. Brown. Mr. and Mrs.' F. Vandrieke, Mr. and Mrs. C. Nothling, Mr. and Mrs. R. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. E. Thynne, Mrs. Traill, Messrs. E. Lawley, W. Dunlop, and E. Tucker. Mr. A. J. Byce, in welcoming the guests, said the gathering was an appreciation of the pioneers of the wonderful district of Maleny. It was to honour the men and women who, with stout hearts, had laid the foundation of what was to-day a prosperous community. The younger people present could not realise the conditions of 50 years ago. Yet in them was a belief in the future, which those of the younger generation were now enjoying. Hardships and sickness had been borne without complaint, yet to-day they still showed the same spirit as of old, and were still ready to help in the advancement of the district. It was because of these men and women that Queensland had benefited so much, and he asked the younger generation to think of these things, and to work for the benefit of the future of their State. Mr. A. C. K. Cooke moved that the residents of Maleny express their appreciation for the work performed by these pioneers for the benefit of the district. Mr. P. Daley, Chairman of the Maleny Dairy Association, seconded the motion. He outlined the early efforts made to form the association, and mentioned that the prosperity of the company at present was due in many respects to the efforts that had been put forward by many of those present in their pioneer gathering Mr. N. N. March supported the motion, which was carried with acclamation. Responses were made bv Messrs. F. Dunlop. J. Grigor, C. Nothling and E. Lawley. Each related some of his early ex- periences, which were very interesting. During the evening the following items were given:-Air. Jones, song; Miss Beard, song; Mrs. Alcorn, monologue; Miss Boland, song; Miss Ethel Bryce, Irish jig. Before the function concluded Mr. F. Dunlop, on behalf of the pioneers, thanked the committee of the Show Society for their hospitality and the pleasant evening spent. The two oldest pioneers present were Mrs. J. M'Carthy and Mr. Frances Dunlop. Transcribed from 'The Brisbane Courier' Wednesday 14 th December 1927

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