Tony Koellner recites bush poetry during yesterday's centenary.
Tony Koellner recites bush poetry during yesterday's centenary.

Hall centenary helps rekindle a past era

By WILL JACKSON staredit@northernstar.com.au

COMING back to the Tinten- bar Hall for the first time since she was 16 years old brought back a lot of mem- ories for Nancy Croll, nee Fredericks. "I used to come down to this hall with my mother for Red Cross meetings," the 91- year-old, who now resides in Sydney, said. "I remember when I was seven years old I came down for a party and Tom Cuppit, who was a fine tall fellow in his twenties, asked me to

dance. I think he was just trying to be nice." Nancy was one of several former residents who returned to Tintenbar on the weekend for the hall's centenary. The celebrations began with the performance last week of a play on the hall's history called 'She Was Only a Coun- try Hall'. Yesterday, the district's World War I honour roll was unveiled after being moved from the Teven/Tintenbar Public School, where it was kept for over 20 years. The historic hall has been rejuvenated with an $80,000

restoration project, completed recently thanks to community volunteers and local, State and Federal government grants. Hall committee member Sheila Aveling said the build- ing had been in a poor state, with a leaking ceiling and a severe rat problem. "If we hadn't done the renovations it would have probably have fallen down," she said. This Saturday will see the final part of the centenary celebrations, the Tintenbar Hall Ball ? another dance heralding a new chapter in the community's history.



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