Hopeland Hall arrives on the back of a truck.
Hopeland Hall arrives on the back of a truck.

New life in Laidley for historic hall

AN HISTORIC hall from Hopeland in western Queensland, re-located to Tabeel Lutheran Home in Laidley for use by residents, has the bones to be a beauty, Service Manager Judy Bannerman says.

The large hall was transported overnight recently by two large trucks and 'appeared' at Tabeel's Coates Street retirement village much to the delight of residents, she said.

"Once renovated, the hall will function as a community centre for Tabeel retirement village," Ms Bannerman said.

"There's plenty of work to be done and once finished, will look stunning.

"There was even a little surprise - the hall arrived with a piano on board.''

The hall was built in the early 1900s and features wide cypress floorboards, a supper room and a stage. Once modifications are made, it will resemble an early Australian homestead and will appear like it has always been there.

"I've driven past and looked at it sitting there in Coates Street, just waiting to be brought to life and it absolutely fits in with all the historic buildings in town,'' Ms Bannerman said.

"It looks right at home.''

Tabeel is operated by Lutheran Community Care and is located minutes from the centre of Laidley. Residents enjoy country living, award-winning gardens and private courtyard retreats.

More than 140 people live in the Tabeel community in a broad range of accommodation including residential aged care, retirement units and serviced apartments.