ALL SMILES: Evelyn Bancroft with Robert Bramley, Christopher Murray and Matthew Murray at the Eidsvold Historical Society's display at Eidsvold Show in 2017.
ALL SMILES: Evelyn Bancroft with Robert Bramley, Christopher Murray and Matthew Murray at the Eidsvold Historical Society's display at Eidsvold Show in 2017. Philippe Coquerand

1942 flood artefact part of historical society's open day

A REFURBISHED boat used to ferry supplies across the Burnett River at Grosvenor during the 1942 floods will be the centrepiece of Eidsvold and District Historical Society's open day on Saturday, June 15.

The day will also feature the reopening of the Calrossie meat hall owned by the Hartwig family and Clonave cottage, owned by the Young family, both of which had deteriorated due to age.

The flood boat, built by Cecil Oehm and Max Wood, was made of tongue and groove pine, lined with corn thatch and tar.

The society's Evelyn Bancroft said when the boat was discovered in the rafters of Calrossie, it contained an old pigeon nest and some unhatched eggs.

Mrs Bancroft said, during the floods, families isolated on the west bank of the Burnett, like the Paynes, Imhoffs and Jamesons, were supplied using this boat.

Mrs Bancroft has organised for members of the Wood family, including daughter Lynette, to attend the event.

Aside from the refurbishments, new signs for Morgan Gully and the Louis and Iris Bancroft Walkway, named for Mrs Bancroft's parents-in-law, will be unveiled.

The walkway was originally opened in 1987 by Mrs Bancroft's daughter Roseanne Riethmuller, who wore a cream and silk dress which was first worn by her great-aunt, Josephine Bancroft, in 1902.

To open the new sign, Roseanne's daughter, Charlotte, will wear the exact same dress.

The refurbishments of the buildings and boat was funded by a $14,190 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, with the assistance of builder Robert Young and timber from Eidsvold Sleeper Mill and Landscaping Timbers.

The event begins at 10.30am in the Historical Complex at 2 Mountrose St.

Tea and coffee will be provided and a light lunch served (at cost).

RSVP to Evelyn on 41650895 or Roseanne on 0427651385 or roseanne.bancroft@bigpond.com.


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