Crawford House’s ‘ton’
HISTORIC Crawford House at Alstonville will celebrate its centenary this weekend.
The building was constructed in 1910 for William Ambrose Crawford and his wife, Olive.
He was an active community member, a director of the Norco Co-operative for 27 years and a long-term president of the Alstonville branch of the Primary Producers Union.
He also helped save remnant rainforest at Lumley Park in the 1930s.
In 1982, the house was sold to Ballina Shire Council and was used by community groups until it was opened as a heritage museum in 2004.
It has since been restored by the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society.
Crawford House’s 100th birthday celebrations will be held at the museum on Saturday, February 26. The new Community Resource Centre will also be officially opened.
There will also be a display of photographs and memorabilia.
A new exhibition, ‘Crawford House Museum – 100 years not out’, is also now on show.
Display co-ordinator Ina Le Bas said it was an important milestone for a beautiful building.
“The daughter of Ambrose, Dorothy Crawford, will be here on the weekend, and she’s 92 now,” she said.
“There will also be lots of other Crawford here on the day – about 81 from Inverell, Toowoomba and Sydney.
“Dorothy has given us lots of photographs, possessions and other items for the displays.
“We are all just really looking forward to the day.
“Crawford House has an amazing history and the historical society has helped get it back on its feet.”
Celebrations start at 1.30pm on Saturday and everyone is welcome to come along and see the exhibition.
Enquiries can be directed to APHS president John Sim on 6687 8469.