Wowan’s “Small Hall”, known as Wowan R.S.S.A.I.L.A Memorial Hall, was first erected to commemorate those who had served during World War One and World War Two and was officially dedicated on 29th of October, 1940.
The celebration ball for the opening of the Hall saw one of the largest social gatherings the town has ever seen, with approximately 450 people attending, having travelled from Dululu, Wura, Rannes, Goovigen, Jambin, Biloela, Baralaba, Westwood, Mount Morgan and Rockhampton to attend that special night.
Following the opening, social dances were held every Saturday night at the Hall, and square dancing took place once a week. Countless wedding ceremonies and receptions have taken place right here in the Hall over the years.
The Hall was also used for religious services performed by a clergy from Mount Morgan or Westwood until the district’s growing population called for more permanent church bases.
These days, the Wowan RSL Hall is used for community events and of course, to host the Festival of Small Halls!
Festival of Small Halls rolls into Wowan on Friday 30th October with one of Australia’s most celebrated singer-songwriters Shellie Morris and acclaimed blues duo Hussy Hicks.
Doors open 6:30pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets available here
Wowan RSL Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Gangulu people.
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.