Les Schloss and Roslyn Gregor at the 2019 Nanango Australia Day celebrations.
Les Schloss and Roslyn Gregor at the 2019 Nanango Australia Day celebrations. Christian Berechree

Nanango man honoured by historic namesake

IF YOU have ever been to an event in Nanango, you have probably seen, met or heard of Les Schloss.

The long-serving Nanango Show Society president is often front and centre at events such as the Nanango Show, country music muster and Australia Day celebrations.

Now, his name has become even more prominent.

At Nanango's Australia Day event, Mr Schloss' name was immortalised when the new Les Schloss Meeting Room was unveiled.

Les Schloss building unveiled: South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell officially opens the Les Schloss Meeting Room at Nanango Showgrounds.
Les Schloss building unveiled: South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell officially opens the Les Schloss Meeting Room at Nanango Showgrounds.

He said he was honoured.

"I feel very, very privileged and I appreciate them putting it up there for me," he said.

The meeting room is a new fixture at the Nanango Showgrounds.

The building was moved from Nanango Hospital, where it had served as the nurses' quarters.

It was destined for the dump when Nanango Historical Society president, Roslyn Gregor, stepped in.

"The hospital board had decided to change the entrance to the hospital, which was the back," Mrs Gregor said.

"They wanted to make the entrance in the front, which meant demolishing this building and the seamstress building."

 

Greg Hunter, John Carey, Deb Frecklington, Terry Fleischfresser, Roslyn Gregor, Gloria Fleming, Les Schloss and Keith Campbell at the 2019 Nanango Australia Day celebrations.
Greg Hunter, John Carey, Deb Frecklington, Terry Fleischfresser, Roslyn Gregor, Gloria Fleming, Les Schloss and Keith Campbell at the 2019 Nanango Australia Day celebrations. Christian Berechree

Concerned community members came to Mrs Gregor, looking for options to save the historic buildings.

She had the idea to contact Mr Schloss and see if the show society had any use for them.

Many conversations and negotiations later, the nurses' quarters became the society's meeting room, and the seamstress building was re-purposed as an office at the showground's front gate.

"We were at a time when we needed a nice meeting room and we needed an office at the gate. The two buildings fit the bill perfectly," Mr Schloss said.

Mrs Gregor said preserving Nanango's history was important.

"I think it's quite significant, we're the fourth oldest town in QLD and we need to preserve our history," she said.

It brought both Mrs Gregor and Mr Schloss joy to know the historic buildings would not only be preserved, but given new life.

"I think this show society is one of the best in Queensland. They made every building useful as well as preserving the history of them," Mrs Gregor said.

"This building now will last forever," Mr Schloss said.