The history of our hall dates back to the 1920’s. With a population growth in the district the community required a larger building for social events, also they wanted to honour the men who gave their lives during WW1 and those who had returned, a thank you.
Another conflict had broken out and the call went out for young men to enlist, those who enlisted, left from in front of the Memorial Hall before boarding a train to Brisbane. As Cooroy had been selected as a base for some of the USA military they also headed to Brisbane to catch other transport. After WW11 the men were welcomed home and a Diggers Ball was held in their honour in the Hall.
Over the years the Memorial Hall was used for many things, the Dawn Service and the infamous Two Up games on Anzac Day, different Dance Schools, Gymnastic, Badminton, Boxing, Indoor Bowls, School Concerts and Speech nights. Blue Light Disco was a hit for the younger generation.
The Woodworkers and the Orchid Society would hold an event over two days and the Genealogy Society held a “Back to Cooroy” day.
In 1979 to allow for the building of the new RSL premises, the trusteeship was transferred over to the RSL board. The RSL has since had two extensions and the front entrance to the Memorial Hall has been compromised. In 1988 under a community Employment Program in conjunction with the council, the Memorial Hall was described as COOROY’S GREATEST COMMUNITY ASSET.
In 2017, we found ourselves in sync with the community who did the original funding to build the Hall. Thanks to the Noosa Shire Council who are shared the load and went dollar for dollar with the funds raised by the community. The renovations were completed in April 2018 and celebrated with over 350 members of the community on 21st April 2018. The Hall is open for business again.
Festival of Small Halls rolls into Cooroy on Wednesday, 11th of December with Blair Dunlop (ENG) and Hat Fitz and Cara (AUS).
Festival of Small Halls Cooroy will be supported by Emma Tomlinson. She is a singer/songwriter as well as actor, dancer and model.
Emma currently splits her time between full-time uni study at the University of Sunshine Coast, volunteering as a general board member of the Student Guild. Emma also has Aspergers, is a proud ambassador for Autism Queensland and believes that being different makes a difference. She has been a contestant on XFactor 2014, a featured Vocalist for Creative Generation State Schools on Stage 2014 – 2016, student of RAW DANCE Academy Cert III 2016, Generations in Jazz 2016, and BREAK THRU 2017. Emma has performed at major events around the coast such as Noosa Alive Festival, collaborated with Peter Koppes from Australian band “The Church”, and opera composer Sean Peter Ross. She is a regular performer at a variety of restaurants and resorts around Noosa, and plays a variety of genres.
Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Bar and Snacks available on the night.
Tickets available online here