Ian Wilson and Andrew Vickers in front of the newly restored Jim Donald House.
Ian Wilson and Andrew Vickers in front of the newly restored Jim Donald House.

Funds keep city's history alive

RESTORATION of the Jim Donald House at the Cooneana Heritage Centre to its former glory will preserve part of Ipswich’s historic past.

Ipswich Historical Society president Ian Wilson said $25,000 had been received from the CFMEU mines and energy division to restore the home of former Ipswich unionist and parliamentary figure Jim Donald.

Mr Wilson said he would move into the newly restored building to act as a caretaker.

“We want to keep Ipswich heritage safe and secure,” Mr Wilson said.

He said close to $17,000 was also donated by the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to restore the New Chum-based facility.

Overseeing the newly restored facilities at the centre, former CFMEU president Andrew Vickers said he was happy to see the Jim Donald home restored.

Mr Vickers said the centre, which included a fine collection of mining equipment and historic photos, was an important link to the city’s coal mining past.



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