GOLDEN JUBILEE: Monto Historical Society president Bruce Burnham, pictured here in 2017. The society is celebrating its 50th anniversary on September 29 with a 'History Day'.
GOLDEN JUBILEE: Monto Historical Society president Bruce Burnham, pictured here in 2017. The society is celebrating its 50th anniversary on September 29 with a 'History Day'. Jack Lawrie

Former newspaper editor to guest speak at history day

THE year is 1969: man conquers the moon, war rages in Vietnam, flower children from across the United States gather at Woodstock, and in a little country town in the North Burnett, the Monto Historical Society is formed.

Next Sunday, the society will celebrate its golden jubilee with a 'History Day', featuring guest speakers, a vintage car display, horse-drawn carts, a 'Guess the Historical Object' mystery box challenge, a tractor display, fresh damper and a timber shaping exhibition.

The guest speakers will be Gerry and Anne O'Conner, who will be travelling up from Brisbane.

Mr O'Conner was the editor of the now defunct Monto Herald newspaper when the first meeting of the historical society was called.

Monto Herald offices in 1939.
Monto Herald offices in 1939. Contributed

Barry Whitaker, a former bullock wagon teamster with property in Eidsvold, will show off his adze skills for the timber shaping exhibition.

The mystery box challenge, meanwhile, is the brainchild of Frank Anderson, whose father was the original Ford dealer in Monto, according to historical society president Bruce Burnham.

There will be a separate mystery box challenge for men and women, Mr Burnham said, and participants will only have a certain length of time to submit their guesses.

The fun part?

"Some of these objects you will never have seen in your life,” Mr Burnham said.

"It will certainly be interesting.”

Founding historical society member Bruce Jamieson will also be attending the event to regale attendees with tales of yesteryear.

Mr Burnham said he hopes the event will bring in some young membership for the society, which has 16 regular members.

The free event is from 9am at the Monto Historical and Cultural Complex, 20 Flinders St.


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