Kilkivan Shire Hall and Library Opening

Viewing the opening of the Kilkivan Shire Hall and Library is taking a wonderful step back in time.

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The Minister for Education, Mr J.C.A. Pizzey, M.L.A officially opened Kilkivan’s public hall and library on 9 December, 1967.

In the official party on the stage were Cr N.W. Warburton, Chairman of the Shire Council, Mr J Pizzey, Mr C.H. Gill, vice-chairman of the Library Board of Queensland, Mr E Davenport, architect, Messrs K. & L. Robertson builders, Mr. P. Schmidt, job’s foreman, Cr L.A. Barsby, No 1 Division and Mrs N.E. Knox. [Taken from: Gympie Times, Tuesday 12 December, 1967, page 5]. Thanks to Mr Ray Currie for helping identify those in the video.

Official party
At microphone: Mr C.N.E. Warburton, Chairman of the Kilkivan Shire Council
Seated from left: Mr. C.H. Gill, vice-chairman of the Library Board of Queensland; The Hon. J.C.A. Pizzey, MLA

Official Party
Front row from left: The Hon. J.C.A. Pizzey, MLA; Mr Len Barsby (Councillor, No 1 Division, Kilkivan Shire Council); Mrs N.E. Knox (librarian)
Back row from left: Mr. E. Davenport (architect); Mr Keith Robertson (builder); Mr Lindsay Robertson (builder); Mr P. Schmidt (job’s foreman)

The plans were approved by the Queensland Treasury in March 1966.

Kilkivan Hall and library plans approved, Gympie Times, Saturday 19 March 1966, page 3
Tenders called from shire hall library, Gympie Times, Saturday 18 June 1966, page 11
Gympie tender recommended for public hall and shrie library, Gympie Times Thrusday 21 July 1966, page 9

The opening of the Kilkivan Hall and Library was a scintillating success according to the Gympie Times in 1967.

Historic day for Kilkivan – opening of hall and library, Gympie Times, Tuesday 12 December 1967 page 5

The Gympie Times also wrote an article about residents raising funds for the hall.

Raising funds for new hall, Gympie Times, Saturday 16 Dec 1967 page 2
Kilkivan Public Hall and Shire Library plaque

The hall and library are still in use today.

Kilkivan Hall and Library