Hall history comes alive

MOYSTON - History came alive in Moyston during the centenary celebrations for the hall.

The Moyston Hall was opened in 1914 after 46 years of using the Moyston Mechanics Institute as a public meeting place and last month celebrated its centenary with a weekend full of activities.

Committee person Anne Marshall said organisers were really thrilled with the numbers who attended and the response of visitors to Moyston.

The weekend kicked off with the launch of a book celebrating the 95 pioneers of Moyston, with around 90 people packing the hall for the event.

While many books were snapped up on the weekend, copies are still available from the Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre in Ararat.

Around 75 people attended the ball in the evening, which was a great success and saw many attend in period costume in honour of the 100th anniversary of the hall.

"Lots of people dressed up and it was really good, everyone had a really good time," Mrs Marshall said.

"It was mainly locals who attended the ball and many decided they would like to make it an annual ball!"

Stories were told throughout the evening and it was discovered that the first ball held in the hall saw 400 attend, dancing until dawn.

A cemetery walk led by Neil Wilde on the Sunday also proved popular with around 50 attending and learning about the history of notable Moyston people.

A raffle of a Madeleine Townsend painting of the hall was won by Harry Wheeler.

The weekend concluded with an afternoon of music and impromptu dancing provided by Carmel Phelan in the hall.

Mrs Marshall said the committee was pleased that since the weekend many people had come forward with their own family histories.

"We need to now round up a few of these stories and keep them somewhere safe!" she said.

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