Tewantin birthday milestones

Volunteers at Parkyn Hut.

By Patsy Fayne

Parkyn’s Hut Visitor Information Centre Tewantin is celebrating a birthday this month. It has been 20 years since the Hut became the local Visitor Information Centre for the town.

Staffed entirely by volunteers these dedicated locals have been treated to an afternoon on the Noosa River courtesy of Captain Chris and his boat, the Noosa Queen who is also celebrating a 50 year milestone of cruising the Noosa River.

Besides the birthday celebrations, the delicious treats and beverages and the fun and fellowship enjoyed, certificates of service were presented by President, Elvie Johns and Vice President, Michael Fayne. Would you believe Gail McBurney and Liz McDonald have both been volunteering for all of those 20 years ! Happy Birthday Parkyn’s Hut Tewantin !

Another birthday milestone! 150Years!

Did you know the township of Tewantin was proclaimed as an area 150 years ago?

In July 1871 the Government surveyed the area on the high peninsular between the Noosa River and Lake Doonella. The site was encircled with mangroves, swamps and rain forest. Governor Blackall proclaimed 640 acres as the Town of Tewantin.

There is a story behind the Town of Tewantin proclamation. Need more, come visit us to get the info. Our Historian Gail McBurney has a great understanding of our local heritage and she keeps all the volunteers updated. Tewantin Heritage and Historical Society is based in that little old miners cottage, Parkyns Hut beside the main square in Tewantin, next to the Royal Mail Hotel.

New volunteers are always welcome at Parkyn’s Hut.

If you would like to be part of this team of volunteers just call into the Hut for a chat or phone Tania on 0431 340 162 for more information.