MAKING MUSIC: Thelma and Max Netz, the Silver Comets, at Mungungo Hall's 90th anniversary.
MAKING MUSIC: Thelma and Max Netz, the Silver Comets, at Mungungo Hall's 90th anniversary. Alex Treacy

Slice of music history at hall's 90th birthday bash

THERE was only ever one choice for who would play the music for the old time dance at Mungungo Hall's 90th anniversary celebrations on Saturday.

Max Netz first performed with the family band, founded by patriarch Phillip, at Mungungo Hall in January 1958, when he was 14.

More than 60 years later and the sounds of the Silver Comets are still to be heard inside those wooden walls, Max and wife Thelma performing as a duo these days.

Although they don't live in the region any longer, Max said they "try and never say no” whenever someone from the old stomping grounds requests a performance.

"We still have an interest here and the Monto area will always be a special place for us,” Max said.

"This hall brings back many happy memories.

"No matter how harsh the season was or what difficulties different ones were struggling with, we all would always have a great night out, whether it was dancing or myself playing in the band providing the music.

"I always enjoyed myself.

Mungungo Hall was where Max learned to dance, in 1964.

"Audrey Goody was only little but she helped me learn a lot of the dances,” he said.

"I trod on her poor little feet many times with my big hooves.”

Max recalls carpooling all across the region to attend dances.

"Cars full to overloaded, with everyone squashed in or sitting on someone's knee, would travel all the way from Gayndah and in-between to attend dances here, plus from the Boyne Valley, Mount Perry and Biloela way,” he said.

"That was our social life.

"Such an enjoyable time.”

Max said revellers used to travel frequently between the neighbouring Mungungo Pub and the hall, and his ute tray would become a de-facto bin for the empty bottles, because it was parked closest to the door, although Max himself was a teetotal.


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