Malachi Revival held at Oberon

SUCCESS: The Queens and Princesses Afternoon Tea at the Malachi Hall was a huge success. Photo: YEAH SURE PRODUCTIONS
SUCCESS: The Queens and Princesses Afternoon Tea at the Malachi Hall was a huge success. Photo: YEAH SURE PRODUCTIONS

THE Malachi Gilmore Hall in the centre of Oberon revived its golden age over a full weekend of events recently.

Seven hundred attendees from the Oberon community and beyond filled the venue, and all ages enthusiastically joined together in six events across the weekend.

“The Malachi Revival was a Community Heritage Project, having received funding from the NSW State Government through the Heritage Council,” said Lucy East, who owns the building with her husband Johnny.

“The weekend was an opportunity to relive the historic culture of the Malachi, and a strong focus of the project was to share and collect stories of the vibrant past of the hall.

“It was encouraging to receive strong support from the community and we greatly appreciate the contributions that were given.

“To hear of the special place the Malachi has held in the life of Oberon, we have a better vision for its future.”

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Each event was created to relive the way the hall was used from 1937 to 1977. The two screenings of films were well-attended, with families filling the hall to watch Sing! and adults enjoying the riotously funny Hercules Returns.

The Malachi Supper Club Revival was a classy event with the Brad Child Swingtet providing a wonderful opportunity to dance the night away and everyone looked fantastic in their vintage glamour which set the scene.

The Sunday Long Lunch was a collaborative affair, with guests enjoying an Italianate feast provided by the Universal Eatery, the Long Arm Café, and the Tourist Hotel Hungry Hare, and Oberon Live Projects.

Guests were entertained by storytelling from the many people who remember the heyday of the Malachi.

"The charming musical entertainment and dancing at the Queens and Princesses Afternoon Tea, along with a delicious selection from the Oberon Bakehouse, was enjoyed by all who attended," Mrs East said. 

The weekend was hosted by heritage architects and Art Deco fanatics Darcy Cheesewright and Millicent Hardbottle, who provided talks about the architectural interests in Oberon.

The Malachi Gilmore Hall was designed by Virgil Cizzio and was opened in 1937.