25 November, 2022
100 years: Scrubby Mt Hall
A gathering of about 90 attended a celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of Scrubby Mt Hall on November 13.
Owners of the hall, David and Megan Smith, agreed to host the reunion.
“We formed a small committee and put our thinking caps on remembering previous families and early descendants and making contact with their respective members and asking them to spread the word,” one of the organisers, Ros Scotney said.
Stories, photos and memorabilia were shared from throughout the many chapters of the hall’s existence in the community.
The hall opened in November 1922 and Ms Scotney’s great grandfather Cr Jonas Holmes was chair of the founding committee.
Through the hall’s many uses, Miss Miriam Will ran Sunday School there for 43 years, driving out from Pittsworth every Sunday.
Ms Scotney thanked the members of the planning committee for their efforts and told the crowd it was “a day of rekindling old friendships, fond memories of our Sunday School days, fancy dress dances the list goes on.”
Audrey Fitzgerald (nee Holmes), Elwyn Rauchle (nee Desmond) and Rod Stirling - three of the early Sunday School attendees - cut the anniversary cake which was supplied by the team at Pittsworth’s Bottlebrush Café.