The Opening of the New Hall

Tenindewa Notes
Greenough Sun
(December 24th 1947)

The scene at Tenindewa on Saturday, December 20, will long live in the memory of those fortunate to be present.
The district, always noted for its hospitality, surpassed all previous records in this respect. Although it was termed the Annual Christmas Tree, which has been an unbroken sequence since since 1913, it was something more than that. It was really the unofficial opening of the new hall, which was taken down at the Geraldton Aerodrome and erected on its present site almost entirely by co-operative voluntary effort. This surely, is an example of what can be done through a social scene including the loyalty of settlers in their own district.
A sit down was provided to all by a willing bunch of lady helpers. A touch of harmony, combined with humour, was lent to the party by the decorated paper hats. Much laughter was invoked by the shape and feather decorations on them especially when placed on odd angles on bald heads. The arrival of Santa Claus was the cause of much rejoicing and cheering, and judging by the facetious remarks made by Father Christmas, one gleaned he had made many visits to this settlement. The Tree was tastefully decorated with tinsel and toys, and sixty seven children received a present and a bag of lollies. As there must have been two hundred adults in the hall, Santa Claus had some trouble interviewing his patrons. However all good things must come to an end, so to the cheering of all he departed on his way.
The children were then given the floor to play and dance, which they did willingly. In the break between their party and the adults dance, a presentation was made to Mr. Fletcher Waldeck, the school bus contractor, who obviously was deeply moved by this fine gesture on the part of the children.
Dancing to music of a gramophone amplifier was indulged to the “wee hours”.
The success of the evening by the following: Mesdames Butler, Olman, Brenkley, Eves, Wells, J. Obrien, Cherico, Davis, G. Rumble, Reay, McCarley and George, Messers. Butler and Sons, Smith G. Rumble, Cherico, Foster and others

To see more on the Christmas trees please click on 100 years of the Tenindewa Christmas Tree, The Foster Years

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