Lockyer’s rich history

Lockyer Valley School of Highland Dancing performed a number of traditional Scottish dances for the crowd at the Laidley Pioneer Village. Picture: JESSE HAMILTON

The Lockyer Valley Heritage Festival celebrated local history and heritage, with residents and visitors immersing in a day highlighting the region’s rich heritage on Saturday, 27 April.

The Laidley Pioneer Village, Gatton and District Historical Society, and Das Neumann Haus all united to commemorate the region’s abundant heritage.

Visitors were treated to a host of unique displays at the Gatton historical village, including historical vehicles, historical wedding dresses, a working blacksmith, and stationary engine displays in a large showing for the village.

In Laidley, the region’s Scottish heritage was honoured through the Highland Dancers, with sheep shearing demonstrations and the spinners and weavers also making an appearance.

At Das Neumann Haus, the public had the chance to trot through the streets of Laidley, with horse-drawn carriage rides trekking through the town.

Gatton and District Historical Society president Gail Chalker said its integral to maintain knowledge of the regions history for generations to come.

“If we don’t remember our past, we’ve lost a huge chunk of our history,” she said.

“We’re here to share history, and in the same vein we get told so many wonderful stories, and that way we’ve been finding out and sharing more and more.”