Give Our Heritage a Future

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The Sunshine Coast hinterland community of Dulong, an area of 10 kilometres square with a growing population, lacks social infrastructure.  How can we create a healthy, connected community with no public spaces!  The Dulong-Kureelpa School of Arts opened on Friday 30 November 1906 on land donated to the community by the Dalzell family.  The School of Arts faced hard times in the 1920s and was moved to Kiamba. The School of Arts was built before Nambour had a hall.  Our research indicates that the Dulong-Kureelpa School of Arts was ahead of the times and made a significant contribution to social life in the region.  Sadly, about 16 years ago the Sunshine Coast Council sold this historic site, now approved for residential development.

We hope to re-secure this valuable heritage site for current and future generations of our communities. Connecting people to our history, our stories, contributing to a sense of place, community identity and belonging. 

In the future, we would like a plaque reinstated telling the story of the wedding of Rosa Mason Bruhn and William Dalzell in 1907.  The site would make a unique setting for open air weddings and wedding photography, and a contemplative rest stop for walkers.



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