Residents celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Brinkley Hall

Sunday May 2 the residents of Brinkley, past and present, came out in droves to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Brinkley Hall.

The Brinkley Hall was first opened on Wednesday April 28 in 1921. It's trustees being from among the earliest settlers in Brinkley.

Mr William Pearson was asked to open the hall, his speech highlighting his hopes that it would be well used, and thanking those who had paid a part in its construction, in particular, Mr Mal Richards, father of local resident, John Richards.

The past 100 years has seen the Brinkley Hall used for a variety of occasions: weddings, birthdays, church services, farming business, socials and several fundraisers.

Other causes have been as such the Red Cross and the Murray Bridge Soldiers' Memorial Hospital.

Family reunions, farewells, community Christmas parties and social nights have also been a feature of its century long history.

Many organisations have also called the hall 'home' including both the Men's and Women's Agricultural Bureaus, and the Brinkley Tennis Club.

Sunday saw around 150 people come through the Hall doors to celebrate its centenary with a wonderfully curated display representing the various uses of the hall, as well as a number of photos of pioneering families.

Visitors were also able to purchase a souvenir booklet, put together by Wanda Hopkins, covering the highlights of the first 100 years of the Brinkley Hall.

Copies have been donated to the Murray Bridge Library and the Murray Bridge Historical Society.

As is traditional in farming communities such as Brinkley, a dedicated team of local ladies put together a sumptuous afternoon tea for those who attended.

It was noted that many went back for a second serve. An outstanding effort was also taken to recreate Cath Schenke's legendary jelly cakes, by Mrs Leanne Pearson of Brinkley.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled later in the day by Mr John Richards whose family were among the first to take up land in the Brinkley area.

John has lived in Brinkley all his life.

Former residents, Mrs Ruth Pearson and Mrs Lorraine Schubert had the honour of cutting a cake made by Mrs Carla Lynch of Murray Bridge.

Many enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with former neighbours and friends, with some tearful moments as a result.

The Brinkley Hall has become a local landmark and is the hub of the Brinkley Community.

Our sincerest thanks to the Murray Bridge Council and the 'Small Wins' scheme for recognising the hall's importance to the local community.

This grant has allowed for much needed renovations and maintenance so the hall can continue to be used and enjoyed by the community for years to come.

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