Community & Business

8 May, 2023

Pioneer weekend a hit with locals

MORE than 1200 people ventured back in time as Historic Village Herberton opened its latest multimedia experience at the Pioneer Weekend on May 6-7.

Laverda and Clover Charlton got into the pioneer spirit.
Laverda and Clover Charlton got into the pioneer spirit.

The annual weekend of music and pioneering activities was a fitting launch for the “Herberton Heart of the North” documentary. Narrated by film legend Jack Thompson, the film is a world-class immersive journey through the First Nation’s and post-colonial history of the region using digitally created and historical footage.

Revellers were also treated to music by local artists Ben Wilson, Littmus Steampunk Band, Now or Never, JC and The Tree, Sligo as well as demonstrations of blacksmithing, tin panning and the running of turn-of-the-century steam powered engines and machinery.

Historic Village Herberton owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said the Pioneer Fashions on the Field event was as popular as ever.

“Visitors love to dress up and really feel a part of being in an 1880s Australian town,” Connie said.

The winner was Marcia Kuhn in a bright yellow dress.

Craig said the weekend was also a great fun-raiser for local charities such as the Lions Club and the Atherton-Herberton Historic Railway.

“It is a fun day out for the whole family and really brings history to life for people of all ages,” he said.


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