Peachester History Committee marks 25 years

Contributed by Helen Page

In July 1998, the Peachester Hall Committee called a meeting of people interested in helping with a new edition of the local history book ‘Peachester Pioneers’.
From this initial call out, the Peachester History Committee was created and here we are 25 years later preparing to celebrate that milestone!
Over the years we have had a busy program filled with meetings, hosting reunions, old time film evenings, bus trips, workshops, research, and publication of several more local history books. We have also worked closely with Sunshine Coast Council caring for Peachester Cemetery, introducing the Memorial Walls, and hosting the Remembrance Day service at the cemetery each year since 2007.
Many of our early members are sadly no longer with us, but their knowledge and inspiration remain, and they will always be part of the PHC story. While functioning very successfully from the Peachester Community Hall, there was always the dream of having our own building. After much serious consideration and fundraising, in 2019 this dream became a reality with the official opening of the Peachester Heritage Centre at the rear of the hall.
Since then, although interrupted for a while by Covid, members have been busy documenting and caring for our local history collection and managing the Heritage Centre. We love to share the collection with visitors, and are pleased to see people at our advertised open days and for group tours.
For our July meeting we will celebrate the highlights, friendships, fellowship, and achievements of the past 25 years with old photos and memorabilia to help remember the journey, an anniversary cake and lunch to share as usual. There will also be an interesting talk by Roz and Ralph from Caloundra Family History group on ‘William Landsborough: Queensland’s Forgotten Explorer,’ and his connections with this district.
All welcome on to join us on Sunday July 2 at 11am at Peachester Community Hall. Visitors welcome (just ‘bring a plate’ for lunch), enquiries to Helen on 5494 9557.