Take a step back into yesteryear – Coronation Hall was originally a picture theatre used by builders and their families during the construction of the dam wall at Somerset Dam.
Opened in 1936, Jubilee Hall was the place to be in Somerset Dam and it still is today especially for couples tying-the-knot.
The hall was designed by H.H. Dare who was a consulting engineer on the Somerset Dam project and had previously assisted with the planning of townships in New South Wales associated with major dams. The government at the time found it difficult to retain workers in such an isolated area, so built worker’s cottages, shops, churches, a school and recreational facilities to create the Somerset Dam township.
The hall was renamed Coronation Hall to mark the coronation of King Edward VIII and was designed to accommodate over 200 people. It was the only venue for social events held in the town and regularly showed movies on the weekends for construction workers and their families who were building Somerset Dam.
Coronation Hall has been transformed into a popular wedding venue for couples throughout Queensland, interstate and even overseas.
The venue is in its original condition and boasts country character coupled with high ceilings and open spaces. The venue is in the perfect location (close to Lake Somerset) and suitable for a vintage or rustic themed wedding.
If you’re interested in booking Coronation Hall for your special event visit Wedshed for some inspiration or phone Somerset Regional Council on 07 5424 4000.
Sources: Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, (2000) “Heritage Trails of the Great South East” (p52-53).
Wedding photography acknowledgement: Kath Scott Photography.
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