Take Your Partners

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Colac’s Civic Hall will turn 60 in 2020, and COPACC is joining forces with the Colac Makers’ Space and the Colac History Centre on a special diamond jubilee art project entitled ‘Take Your Partners’.

The three project partners are calling for people to share their stories, photographs, programmes, invitations, outfits and memorabilia from the Civic Hall’s glory years.

The memorabilia will be curated by the Colac Makers’ Space, Colac History Centre and Family History Centre volunteers and assembled into a ‘Take your Partners’ exhibition to go on display in the COPACC foyer in March next year, which coincides with the Civic Hall’s official opening in 1960. 

The Colac History Centre will also arrange special window displays dedicated to the Civic Hall for the Diamond Jubilee.

The Civic Hall opened to fanfare on 5 March 1960 with a proclamation concert attended by the Governor of the State of Victoria General Sir Reginald Dallas Brooks.

Loris and Arthur Mee and Robert Lemke provided the musical entertainment for the evening, performing numbers by composers including Mozart, Mendelssohn and Wilfred Sanderson.

COPACC Manager Tamzin McLennan said many people would have fond memories of weddings, concerts, theatre performances, dances and other celebrations in the Civic Hall.

“For local people the Civic Hall is part of the fabric of our lives – I attended Battle of the Bands, school balls, birthdays and weddings at the Civic Hall, including my own wedding reception!

“We’re hoping people will take a journey down memory lane and loan us their memorabilia so the Colac Makers’ Space can assemble a beautiful tribute to the Civic Hall and the joy it has brought to our lives.

“We also want to hear people’s stories of the great times they’ve had in the hall – it might be where they met their soul mate, won a best and fairest count or gave the performance of their lives.”

Sue Tate from the Colac Makers’ Space said people could submit their memorabilia and stories by: 

  • emailing written histories, scanned copies of documents and copies of photos to colactakeyourpartners@gmail.com
  • posting copies of documents and copies of photos to PO Box 283, Colac, VIC, 3250, marked Attention: Take Your Partners
  • take your documents and photos during business hours to the COPACC office before Thursday 20th of February, where COPACC staff will scan them for you.


Call out for volunteers

Ms McLennan said the project partners were also asking people to record their recollections in the form of oral stories, either audio recorded or videoed.

“People can either record their own recollections and send them through to colactakeyourpartners@gmail.com, but we’re also calling for volunteers to help collect the stories of our older generation, who may need help with technology,” she said.

“People interested in capturing memories and recollections of the Civic Hall are invited to help with this project, and can contact COPACC on 5232 9418 or email copacc@colacotway.vic.gov.au so we can put you in touch with the Colac Makers’ Space, who will walk you through the process.”

Take Your Partners is proudly funded by Creative Victoria’s Full House Audience Development Program.