The Tegege Hall as it stands now.
The Tegege Hall as it stands now.

Here’s your chance for great coffee and a lovely dance

THERE'S something a little bit special about dances at Tegege Hall.

While the music, dancing and great company are all top notch - the special recipe behind the coffees is what sets it apart.

Tegege Hall president Brian Buchbach said the special recipe coffee was just one part of the wonderful community hub as it celebrated 70 years.

"All those luxurious coffees are made with the original Bushell's chicory essence and condensed milk," he said.

Tegege Hall in 1964.
Tegege Hall in 1964.

"That recipe has been around here as long as I can remember and people rant and rave over the coffee here."

And when it comes to the hall's history - Brian is the man who would know.

"I was there at the opening," he said.

"I was only six months old.

 

A painting of the original hall.
A painting of the original hall.

"One of my uncles was one of the people on the original hall committee."

That was on July 27, 1946, and Mr Buchbach was cradled in a basket.

Since then, the hall has hosted many a dance, wedding and community event - truly weaving it into the area's fabric.

"Take the hall away, and there's nothing left in the area," Mr Buchbach said.

 

Bundaberg Yesteryear Machinery Society president Brian Buchbach with Desiree Heale.
Bundaberg Yesteryear Machinery Society president Brian Buchbach with Desiree Heale. Max Fleet BUN230316TEG4

Mr Buchbach, whose ancestors settled in the area in 1865, said one of the biggest challenges for the hall these days was finding bands who could play the old dances as opposed to styles like new vogue which had taken over in popularity.

"It's a dying art," he said.

"They've got to the stage now where everyone in town is doing new vogue."

Those who want to help keep the art of old time dance alive can do so on Saturday, July 9 when a dance is held complete with sandwiches and the hall's signature cuppa.

Former councillor Alan Bush will attend the event, as his grandfather AG Bush was the person who donated the land for the hall.

FAST FACTS:

  • What: Tegege Hall Dance to celebrate 70 years
  • Where: Corner Flagstone and Rosedale Road
  • When: Saturday, July 9 from 7.30-11.30pm
  • How to get there: A bus will leave from North Bundaberg State High School on Saturday at 6pm for $5
  • Cost: $10 includes admission, lucky door and free Monte Carlo - raffle tickets can be purchased


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