FOUR GENERATIONS: Karla Benecke, Hudson Myles, Bob Bryans and Roslyn Benecke at Mungungo Hall's 90th anniversary.
FOUR GENERATIONS: Karla Benecke, Hudson Myles, Bob Bryans and Roslyn Benecke at Mungungo Hall's 90th anniversary. Alex Treacy

Son of hall builder attends 90th anniversary

MUNGUNGO Hall's 90th anniversary celebration was a special day for 85-year-old Bob Bryans.

His father, Ted Bryans, helped build the hall in 1929.

Bob said the timber for the hall was cut from narrow-leaved ironbark on adjoining properties, including Roy Dougall's.

The two men, Roy and Ted, cut and hauled the timber together.

"No mean feat, all done by the muscle of the arm, using primitive tools like cross-cut saws, axes, mallets and so on,” Bob said.

"From the very beginning, (the hall) became a vital part of the surrounding community.

"How wonderful it must have been to interchange with friends and neighbours and dance the night away.

"Romance was a very noticeable occupation and many a dance started a love affair that was to last a lifetime.

Mr Bryans said the hall played host to many events back in the day aside from dancing: wedding receptions, kitchen teas, fancy dress balls for school fundraisers, school immunisation days, polling booths during elections, sporting club meetings and meetings of the Queensland Dairymens Organisation among them.

"There was a time when the dancing at the hall was sadly in the doldrums for some years, but now a very active committee have revived interest,” he said.

Mr Bryans was supported by three generations of family at the celebration.


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