The history of this hall dates back to the 1920’s. With a population growth in the district the community required a larger building for social events, they also wanted to honour the men who gave their lives during WW1 and a thank you for those who had returned.
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 WWII 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, gymnastics, badminton, boxing, indoor bowls, school concerts and speech nights. Blue Light Discos were always 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 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 Friday, 27th November with women in docs and Karl S. Williams.
Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets available online here
Festival of Small Halls Cooroy will be supported by Tilly Wright
Tilly Wright is a young guitarist and songwriter from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. She takes inspiration from memories, dreams, hopes and the beautiful bush land around her home. Tilly started creating music only two years ago, and has been passionate about it ever since. She finds music therapeutic, and a way to express her soul.
Please note, this event is operating in accordance with the Queensland Government COVID Safe Event Checklist. Numbers will be strictly limited.
You must not attend the event if you have COVID-19 symptoms – if you become unwell after purchasing a ticket please be reassured it can be refunded in full if you need to go and get tested. If you have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or fell unwell, please protect your community and stay home.
It is a condition of entry that physical distancing be observed.