Victoria Hall archives found in bank safe

Wooden box containing archives of Victoria Hall
Wooden box containing archives of Victoria Hall

Members of Victoria Hall recently enjoyed a trip down memory lane after a box of archives concerning the building were discovered in a safe at an Ellon bank.

Ron Boddie of the Clydesdale Bank got in touch with the hall keepers earlier this month about a box which was found in their safe which he thought dated back to the 1960s.

In the message he said; “It would appear at one point whoever was the Clydesdale Bank manager, automatically became treasurer for the Victoria Hall.’’

Secretary Keith Hart wasted no time in picking up the box the next day before unearthing what was inside.

Archives for the then named ‘Ellon Victoria Hall’ were found with the contents dating back much further than the 1960s. Keith Hart said: “In fact they date back to 1897 when funds were being raised to build the Hall and all the donations were recorded on small pink coloured personal cards and in the large ledger book which also has records of all cash flow until the 1940s.

“Our thanks to Ron Boddie and the Clydesdale Bank for presenting this opportunity to us.”

Other items discovered in the wooden box included ceremonial post card pictures and a glass plate negative of the hall and committee members taken around 1903 when the clock tower was completed back then, records of the clock tower committee, erected in 1903 of the extended tower and purchase and installation of the clock as well as a letter book.

Insurance and local council correspondence was also discovered along with an insurance claim for an exploded heating boiler, numerous letters, invoices and receipts and correspondence relating to power supplies, new oil fired heating and various applications for cinematographic licences.

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