Celebrating a hub of the community

HONOURABLE: George Hamilton Lamb MLA was committed to his region and his country, serving in parliament and the military.

HONOURABLE: George Hamilton Lamb MLA was committed to his region and his country, serving in parliament and the military.

The Hamilton Lamb Memorial Hall committee will celebrate the hall’s 60th anniversary on Friday night with its annual anniversary dance.

Each August, the committee holds an Anniversary Dance to celebrate the official opening of the hall, which was held on August 23, 1958.

This year, being the 60th Anniversary, the committee hopes to welcome members of the community who have had a connection to the Hamilton Lamb Memorial Hall through the years.

Since opening in 1958, the hall has been the venue of many family and community events.

It has been affectionately known as ‘the home of old time dance’ in the Wimmera, a reputation earned thanks to its excellent dance floor.

The hall was built as a memorial to local personality Lt. George Hamilton Lamb MLA, a resident and member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly representing Lowan.

In 1940 Mr. Lamb enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force while still serving as a Member of Parliament.

After serving in the Middle East, Mr Lamb’s company was sent to defend Java.

Unfortunately, Mr Lamb was captured as a POW and sent to work on the infamous Burma-Thai Railway in World War II.

In 1943, Hamilton Lamb passed away and was buried in a war cemetery in Burma, a very long way from his beloved home.

TRADITION: Susan Hogan, Susanne Beattie, Murray Minne, Bruce Beattie, Dawn Hobbs, Michael Schneider, Elsbeth Zeegers, June Jelly and Don Papst.

TRADITION: Susan Hogan, Susanne Beattie, Murray Minne, Bruce Beattie, Dawn Hobbs, Michael Schneider, Elsbeth Zeegers, June Jelly and Don Papst.

The hall was then built as a tribute to Hamilton Lamb’s dedication and service to Australia, and the people of Lowan who he represented.

The 60th Anniversary Old Time Dance will be held on Friday, August 10.

The event will start at 8pm with an easy dance program and live music will be supplied by Don Papst and Key Change guaranteed to get your toes tapping. 

Admission for the evening is $7 and the dress code is semi-formal/dress to impress, or pull out and dust off your 1950s gear if you have some!

Our regular dancers will bring a plate of supper to share with guests and there will also be a special anniversary cake to share with those attending the celebration.

So grab those dancing shoes and come along and celebrate the community that built and contributed to the hall, and that continues to come together here in a fitting tribute to Hamilton Lamb, the remarkable man this hall commemorates. 

The Hamilton Lamb Memorial Hall Committee held its July dance on the cold evening of Friday, July 13.

Carmel Phelan played for this enjoyable night of dance, with Murray Minnie as the master of ceremonies.

Prizes from the evening went to: Lucky Partners – Garth Osborne, Elsbeth Zeegers, Jenny Mitchell, Murray Minnie, Inez Spriggs, and Lois Natt; Lucky Spot – Noreen King, Roy Henwood; Foxtrot Monte Carlo – Harold and Noreen King; Door Prize – June Jelly; Hamper – Denis Lane.