Members of the Tolmie community gathered together on Sunday to celebrate the unveiling of two beautiful glass-fronted timber cabinets which have been installed in the foyer of the Tolmie Mechanics Institute. Hand built by local cabinet maker Rob Allan, the cabinets have been made to fit within existing recesses of the foyer of the hall and constructed in sympathy with the décor of the foyer and in keeping with the age and style of the 1920’s building.
The cabinets were made possible through a grants from the Mansfield Shire Council Community Matching Fund & the Mansfield Community Fund, funds from the Tolmie Mechanics Institute and Recreation Reserve Committee and hundreds of volunteer hours by Rob Allan. The cabinets were beautifully stained by Barry McWaters of Bridge Creek, who also donated quite a deal of his time.
The cabinets will be used to house much of the historical literature, photographs, trophies and memorabilia etc. collected over Tolmie’s 135 year history. By bringing these items together in one place, it will benefit all in the community now and in the future, to enjoy and to learn, more of the story of Tolmie through them. It will also help ensure that the history of Tolmie is preserved throughout future generations.
The construction of these cabinets was one of the initiatives of the Tolmie Community Plan which was developed by the community in 2011.
Please contact Linda Terry on 5776 2113 if you have items of historical interest which could be loaned for display in the new cabinets.