Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

If This Hall Could Talk

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

If This Hall Could Talk

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JUST BECAUSE

MARK COPLAND

IF THESE floorboards could talk. If these walls had voice. The tales they could tell.

Life has been lived well in the newly opened and pre-loved Felton Community Hall. It felt surreal to stand in a hall that has already had three lives surrounded by the barley fields of Felton.

In 1941 the Catholic United Services Association built a recreation hall which was used by thousands of army personnel training at Carbalah.

After the war the hall was moved to the emerging suburb of Harristown and in July of 1950 was opened as a Church for that part of Toowoomba.

In March of 1966 a new brick Church was opened as part of St Anthony's parish and the building was moved from the then Memory Lane to Stephen St.

It remained there for 49 years in its third phase of life (St Anthony's Parish Hall). It now begins its fourth reincarnation as the Felton Community Hall.

It replaces the first Felton Hall, a structure built with the skills and love of the local community in 1931.

The land on which the new hall stands was donated by the Fitzgerald family. It somehow seems right that the Fitzgerald family has strong links with St Anthony's Parish and the Felton community.

You could not help but be swept up in the spirit of the occasion when the new Felton Hall was officially opened.

Felton is a lot like Thomas the Tank Engine - the little community who could! The Felton Hall Association knew a new hall was needed some time back and had raised $40,000 by the time the replacement project had commenced. By the time it was concluded more than $200,000 had been raised, two thirds of it from the local community.

The committee did their sums and worked out that by loving the old structure into its fourth phase of life, it would gift the community with an asset worth twice as much as the original outlay. …

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