20. QCWA Hall & Station Master’s House

Emu Park Lions Historical Trail - 20. QCWA Hall & Station Master’s House
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The formation of the Queensland Country Women’s Association Emu Park branch occurred in 1925 and continued the work of the Emu Park Ladies Improvement Fund.

Meetings were held at members houses and various halls in the town. Building funds were raised by conducting afternoon teas and garden parties along with an annual ball in the School of Arts and a £70 bank loan.

In 1936 the QCWA Hall was built and there were 33 members. During WWII camouflage nets were made on the side walls by members who were also busy knitting socks and scarves for soldiers

Additions have been made to the building to meet the growing needs of the community

Emu Park members have helped local families with meat and grocery food vouchers, provided wireless transmitting sets for the outback, supported the inland medical mission and paid train fares for mothers and children in remote areas to have a seaside holiday when there was a QCWA Cottage at Zilzie

Members are still helping women and children in need. These are women who, together, improve the lives of people living in regional, rural and remote Queensland.

QCWA Hall Emu Park

The Station Master’s House was built in 1888 and over the years housed the Station Masters and their families. The house was neat, well-kept and one of the most modern in the town at the time

Station Master’s House, Emu Park

The first Station Master was Mr. J. D. Bogie and the last Mr George Jolly in 1960. The house was demolished when the Cultural Hall was built.

The railway provided accommodation for other staff including the drivers and the fireman, although these were not located in the railway precinct.


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