SHARE MEMORIES: The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, which was previously the town hall, will celebrate its 80th birthday on Monday, September 15.
SHARE MEMORIES: The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, which was previously the town hall, will celebrate its 80th birthday on Monday, September 15. Contributed

Town hall building turns 80 years old

THE Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum has seen thousands of local faces and tourists pass through its doors over the years.

A historical exhibition will take a look back at the building's diverse uses when it celebrates its 80th birthday.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers will join with guest speakers for the official launch of the Town Hall Turns 80 exhibition at 10.30am on Monday.

Built during the Depression as a job- stimulus initiative for local families, the elegant building served for many years as the town hall and took on the present role as the art gallery and museum, in 1985.

Gallery and museum curator Jo Duke has invited everyone to record their memories of the town hall building by contributing to a multimedia oral history collection.

"We know the town hall building has had many roles over its 80 years," she said.

"We'd like to record as many recollections as possible on digital media, to draw together a fabulous document of the building's stories and the people who have shared their time here."



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