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Centenary Committee Meetings - 7:30pm, Memorial Hall, Home Hill.
Next meeting - Thursday, 7th February, 2013.

This web page is part of the Home Hill Chamber of Commerce website
and is a contribution to the Centenary Celebrations by the Chamber.

The Home Hill district was opened to farming when land was allocated by ballot. The first ballot was carried out on the 8th and 9th of December 1911. The upriver ballot was held in June 1912 and the mill was established in 1913. Sales of land in Home Hill for housing and business started in 1913.

There was debate over whether we should celebrate the centenary of the first ballot or the start of the town. It was decided to settle the debate by celebrating the anniversary of each of the major episodes that led to the development of Home Hill. As dates of events are finalised, they will be added here and on the Events Calendar page (see menu on left).

Souvenirs available for purchase - click here (Burdekin Shire Council website)

John Drysdale’s Dream: Home Hill The First Fifty Years by Laura Scott.
This is an historical review of the life and the lifeblood (sugar farming and milling) of Home Hill and District. It follows the establishment and growth from the early years of Inkerman Station in the 1860’s and the passing of the Closer Settlement Act, to the Inkerman Repurchase Estate and the first land ballots in December 1911. This first fifty years of development encompasses the tough, hard-working optimists who won blocks to farm, the business owners who came and built a town, and how their commitment to the future shaped the character of the community that we know.

The cost of the "Drysdale" book (130 pages) is:
$20.00 each, purchased from Home Hill News.
$33.00 each, posted to anywhere in Queensland.
$36.00 each, posted to anywhere in Australia outside Qld.
Cheques payable to Lower Burdekin Historical Society Inc.
See contacts page for address.

Future events and dates for 2012 -

Sun 24th June Up River Land Ballot Centenary Celebrations
Location: Osborne State School, Kirknie Road, Home Hill (about 10km up river).
1pm Demonstartion Cricket Match
Tennis Match
Static dispalys of photos, memorabilia & early pioneers.
Burdekin Machinery Preservationists diaplay
Sorf drinks & water stall
Hot chips, deep fried Mars Bars, donuts
3pm Afternoon Tea
Damper, Billy Tea, Coffee
Centenary Cake and mini lamingtons
4pm Home Hill Rotary BBQ
4.30pm Roll Call
6.30m Old Time Film Presentation
7.30pm Old Time Dance: Music by Tony Sturiale

Recent Events -
May Day   weekendBurdekin Uniting Church centenary.

Back to Home Hill Week, May 12th to 20th, 2012
Fri 11thHome Hill Choral Society, 80th Anniversary - 80 & Loving It
Sat 12thHome Hill Choral Society - 80 & Loving It
Sun 13th10.30am Monument unveiling at original cemetery (Ford Park)
11.30am new Cemetery entrance opening /unveiling,
  Cemetery Walk Booklet
12.30am Pioneer's Monument, Comfort Stop & sausage sizzle
Mon 14th10am Bus Tour, departs from and book at Home Hill Library. Please book ASAP, phone 4782 1327.
Tue 15thL.B. Home for Aged, Centenary Morning Tea
Wed 16thHeritage Trail Walk, map from Tourist Info Centre at Old Rail Station or Library
Fri 18thSidewalk sale showcasing Home Hill businesses
Sat 19thBurdekin Growers Race Day.
Sun 20thOfficial opening of refurbished Lions Diarama
Sat 26thSt Colman's Deb Ball

The Burdekin Family History Group and RSL are producing a Centenary Booklet to remember the men and women who went off to war from the Home Hill district. More info »
May 2012, Book launch - "Home Hill Remmembers WW1 & Boer War"

Production of a Centenary Cookbook - A book of recipes in use in 1911, obtained from decendants of the early settlers - Grandma's or Great-Grandma's favourite recipe.
May/June 2012 - Launch of Centenary Cookbook.

June - Anniversary of first Up River Land Ballot. Celebrations at Osborne State School.
June - Canecutting Championships - (hand cutting)
Home Hill Chamber of Commerce - School Poster Competition, theme - Centenary. See the entries in the Chamber's previous School Poster Competitions, on menu -> Chamber Home -> School Posters.
Nov 6th - Centenary Cookbook promotion as part of Home Hill public holiday agricultural event
Nov 10th - Home Hill Harvest Festival, parade and mardi gras

The Home Hill Chamber of Commerce will publish a book on the businesses of Home Hill. The book is being researched and written by Mrs Marie Finn.

The Historical Society 10th November 2012 - Second Book and Exhibition - "Second 50 Years".

2013 -
Gumlu School centenary
Centenary - completion of Inkerman Mill (first crush not until 1914)
Sucrogen, Inkerman Mill open day.
Jan 28th - Centenary of auction of first town blocks blocks
Sep 1st - Centenary of Ayr to Home Hill, Inkerman Bridge rail line. More info - select "Read all about it!" on the menu above left, then select "Qld Rail Line, Bobawaba to Home Hill"
Oct - Centenary celebrations - Home Hill State Primary School

Other Ideas
Plaques be placed in Eighth Avenue to identify the original owners of buildings.

97.1 Sweet FM (our own radio station) to be encouraged to have a regular history program, and the local paper insert a history column.

All organisations in Home Hill - PAST and current be requested to contribute information regarding their history and achievements for publication in a centennial book.

Anyone or any organisation wishing to contribute to the celebrations is invited to the next meeting (date above).

Events so far

Launch of the Centenary Celebrations was 28th May 2011 in Eighth Avenue, Home Hill.

Harvest Festival, 5th November 2011. The Centenary was the theme for the procession in the main street and the Mardi Gras in Watson’s Green (over the road from the Memorial Hall).

The Historical Society 5th Nov 2011 - Launch of First Book and Exhibition "John Drysdale’s Dream: Home Hill the First Fifty Years".
Second book and exhibition planned for next year (more info below).

Saturday, 10th December 2011. Saturday's events are over - now a new part of Home Hill's history. What a great day for the decendants of the pioneer's, for residents of Home Hill, and anyone interested in history: to learn more about how Home Hill came to be, the trials, tribulations, hardships, gains and victories.
The Saturday's events won Community Event of the Year Award at the Burdekin Shire's Australia Day Celebrations.

Family Fun Day - Saturday, 10th December 2011.
Pioneer Avenue plaque dedications. Families -
Menkins, Mann, Delaney, Linton, Wallace, Ford, Swindley, Ferguson, Wall, Little, Mihailides, Oats, Warren, Marriott, Ross, Marshall, Stockdale, Young
Home Hill Choral Society ballot re-enactment
Centenary Bus Tour.

Gala Dinner - Saturday evening, 10th December 2011, Memorial Hall, Home Hill. The dinner had a 1911 theme including menu, decorations, entertainment, and music to reflect the era. Costume style 1911 if possible. Tickets were $50 per person.
Address or Brief history by Governor of Qld
Home Hill Choral Society ballot re-enactment
Bush Ballad - Bill Lucas - Johnson’s Antidote by Bango Paterson
Singalong with the Home Hill Choral Society.

A competition was conducted for the design of a logo for the Centenary. This is the winning entry.
Welcome to the Home Hill Chamber of Commerce Website.

These special historical pages are dedicated to the pioneers of Home Hill and the people who are recording and promoting awareness of the work of our hardworking founders.

The Home Hill Chamber of Commerce thanks Telstra for sponsoring the Christmas Lights Competitions

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