Rockdale Musical Society on the hunt for new storage space

Rockdale Musical Society has lost its storage space and fear many old treasures could be destined for the tip unless they find alternative space.-President Fran Appleyard.Picture John Veage
Rockdale Musical Society has lost its storage space and fear many old treasures could be destined for the tip unless they find alternative space.-President Fran Appleyard.Picture John Veage

Rockdale Musical Society is desperately searching for storage space amid fears hundreds of props could end up in landfill.

The society has stored decades worth of memorabilia in the old girl guides hall in Wardell Street, Arncliffe, for 10 years thanks to the generosity of the former Rockdale Council.

However, the site has been sold to make way for a new development and the society was given their marching orders a month ago.

Society President Fran Appleyard said they have been desperately searching for a space ever since, even turning to social media for help.

She said the community response had been overwhelming but they hadn’t had any luck finding a new home.

‘’The community response has been marvellous,’’ she said.

‘’It’s just fantastic.’’

She said they were looking for any available space be it a piece of land that could fit a shipping container or even a double garage.

The hall currently houses a treasure trove of musicals past including the iron lung from the City of Angels performance, a decade-old electric wheelchair from Beauty and the Beast and even a table that had been used in nearly every production for the past 40 years.

Mrs Appleyard said it would de devastating to lose some of the pieces.

‘’It’s really sad, everything was handmade by the cast at the time,’’ she said.

‘’You can just look at a piece and imagine the person that made it.’’

The society is one of Australia's oldest musical societies, having been established in 1939 after a meeting by local Rockdale residents hosted at the Rockdale Town Hall.

It produces three shows annually at the Rockdale Town Hall in March and September.

If you can help email the society on appleyard.fran@gmail.com.

Members will also be fundraising at Bunnings Rockdale on Sunday.