Before two eight two eight....
During World War 1, a function was held to farewell the troops leaving for war. There was a fire and the hall burnt down; another hall was constructed but it was destroyed in a windstorm. The community resolved to build a hall that was wind and fire resistant, and The Majestic was completed in time to host a victory ball at the end of the war. It became the social hub of the district with several balls held every winter and débutantes were presented annually. The Majestic then became popular as a picture theatre. Movies were screened indoors in winter and outdoors in summer with patrons reclining in deck chairs.
As television reception improved, the number of movie patrons declined and The Majestic closed its doors in February 1968.
Mr Peter Simpson later purchased the building for his rural plumbing business which he ran for thirty years. In 2002, after hearing about plans to set up a community cultural/tourism project, Mr Simpson offered the hall & adjoining three acres for a token sum, a generous offer that was enthusiastically accepted. Several working bees were required and the first was held in October 2002. The involvement of everyone, aged from 7 to 70, has helped pull the community together and led to increased social interaction.
Thanks Peter for your generosity!
Significant milestones in the history of two eight two eight:
Purchased building. First Dinner under the Stars. First community working bee.
Second working bee. First movie night. Took on town library. Vittoria Coffee came on board. Town-branding program: making galahs, tree guards, tree planting.
Cafe opened - 3 days a week. Gulargambone: Overall winner NSW Tidy Towns Awards
First Tourism Award. First on-site Dinner under the Stars. Hosted NSW Tidy Towns Awards weekend for 400 visitors.
Winner: Gold Award NSW Tourism Awards. Hospitality students from Gulargambone Central School run cafe one day/week.
Winner: Gold Award Australian Tourism Awards. Appointed first paid employee: Part-time Executive Officer, Marguerite Starr who stayed with us for six years.
Commercial kitchen built thanks to Les Schirato and FahCSIA (Dept Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs).
Strategic Plan 2009 - 2014: 2-day workshop with external consultants. Indigenous student trainee (school-based) program started. Accreditation as Level 3 Visitor Information Centre.
Floods/Jean Kittson concert.
2nd Indigenous student trainee started. Adult hospitality trainee started in September.
Ongoing R&M: building re-painted, landscaping.
Original indigenous student trainee offered and accepted employment in the cafe.