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Stokers keeps home fires burning

Eddie and Mavis Partridge at Stokers Siding. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
Eddie and Mavis Partridge at Stokers Siding. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

FOR 62 years Mavis Partridge has lived in the quaint town of Stokers Siding.

In that time she has seen a lot of things come and go, but one thing that has stayed is the hall.

Stokers-Dunbible Memorial Hall will host centenary celebrations for community involvement on October 14.

Mrs Partridge said the hall was a vital asset to the community.

"You always need to have a central meeting place," she said.

The hall has seen a lot of different events over the years but Mrs Partridge said in the 1950s a carpet snake was let loose during a dance.

"I saw it so it happened," she said.

"The poor old snake seemed to struggle.

"I just stayed still because I knew it was a carpet snake and it wouldn't go to well on the shiny floor."

Then there were the farewells for the soldiers off to war, and the lavish parties for when they returned.

The old hall has certainly seen some history.

Mrs Partridge's husband Eddie said back in the day two old World War One guns were found in old bales of hay on a property.

They were donated to the historical society and were placed above a war memorial in the hall.

In the 60s or 70s, one of the antique weapons was pinched and never recovered.

With the area having such a rich history members of the Hall Committee are on the hunt for any historical items, past and present, residents of Stokers Siding may have.

They would love to display your treasures in their memorabilia cabinet on the day.

Committee member Rhonda Knights said all past, present residents and visitors of Stokers were welcome.

"The day will start at 10am with an official ceremony- welcome, performances, speeches and the cutting of the cake, followed by morning tea," she said.

"We house the Honour Boards of Service women and men of our area and we would love to have them their family and friends join us on the day.

"We have done some research and have contact details from the service archives via the net but that only goes back to WW2.

"We hope the other veteran's families will join us on the day and we would love them to bring a photo or any memorabilia that we may scan or copy to hold in the historical records we will store in the hall."

If you are able to help please contact the Hall Committee at www.stokerssiding.com or Rhonda on 02 6677 9027.



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