The corner of Blake and Rodney streets in Proston in 1940 (Photo: Cridland Collection)
A steam train arrives at Proston station, possibly in the early 1960s (Photo: Supplied)

September 28, 2023

It’s been building up steam for more than a year but preparations by a group of dedicated volunteers will finally come to a head this weekend when Proston celebrates its centenary!

There are four days of activities, beginning on Friday (September 29) but the big days are Saturday and Sunday (see the Program of Events, below).

Highlights include bus tours (booked online) and Saturday night’s Centenary dance (also booked online)

There will be live entertainment both days at The Platform in Railway Park, as well as markets on Saturday and family sports on Sunday.

A parade down Rodney Street from 10:30am is sure to be popular on Saturday morning.

A book detailing the history of the town, “Proston: 100 Years Down The Track”, will be launched at 12:30pm on Saturday at The Platform.

Over at Proston Showgrounds, a Dressmaker’s Exhibition will be running in the pavilion from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon.

There will also be vintage machinery on display in the showgrounds on Saturday.

Sunday’s highlights include the launch of the updated Proston Heritage Trail and the official opening of Proston’s community shops and the Proston Men’s Shed (see times below).

At 7:00pm on Sunday, fireworks will light up Railway Park ahead of an open-air screening of the NRL Grand Final at The Platform.

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From a plaque in Proston:

The first train steamed into Proston Station on February 24, 1923. The arrival of the rail was vital to the development of Proston and hastened the settlement of the areas to the west. The formal closure of the Proston section of the Byee to Proston rwailway line took effect from January 26, 1993. 

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Program of Events 

(Courtesy of the Proston & District Heritage Association)


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