This year, Allora will celebrate a milestone with the town marking 150 years since the proclamation of its municipality. Dubbed The Best Little Town on the Downs, residents and the wider community are invited to celebrate in Allora for one weekend in July.

Hosted by Allora and District Historical Society, friends, residents and family members from near and far are invited to “come home to Allora” to help mark the
occasion and share in the rich history of the much loved town. Located just south of Toowoomba, everyone is invited to share in the historic weekend, particularly those who have or had connections with Allora and the surrounding district.

Allora 150 Years Committee member and born and bred Allora resident, John Cowley said the event was an important milestone for the small town to mark its place in Queensland’s history. “The 150 year celebrations is an opportunity to reflect upon Allora’s history and unique character and celebrate its past and present,” Mr Cowley said. “Allora’s tight-knit, community spirit is kept alive by the stories of past generations and everyone, from past residents to those with family ties, is invited to visit Allora to mark this special occasion.”

The event will mark 150 years of local government and the connection of the Southern Railway Line from Toowoomba to Hendon in 1869. Allora and District Historical Society will also celebrate its 50th year. The preliminary program includes the official opening of Allora’s restored Old Shire Hall, where award winning Southern Downs Town Crier, Bob Townshend will share a special call and brief history of the past 150 years. There will also be lost crafts demonstrations, a Pioneers Dinner, a Bush Poets Breakfast, a Beard Growing Competition and more.

Allora’s charming historic buildings and museums will be open to view and there will be toe-tapping entertainment, as well as good old fashioned fare, including food and beverages all weekend.  Celebration will take place on 20 and 21 July.

Readers also enjoyed our story about another celebration in the region, Discover Farming Festival.