The Selene hall was built because the school grounds became infested with bindies. None of the kids wore shoes to school so they decided to build the hall so the kids would have somewhere to play. The money to build the hall was raised by selling 5 pound debentures to the parents and others. When Lex Dow’s grandfather, Jack O’Hara, was asked to buy a debenture, he said “No, but I will build the hall for you”. Jack O’Hara built the hall for free.
As with all halls built during that era, it became the central meeting place for the whole community. Organizations who used the hall apart from the school kids, would have been Q.D.O., Indoor bowls, and a table tennis club. It was also used for dances and playing cards.
Many of the local community remember attending events at the hall and are excited to see it in its new home at the Monto Historical Centre. The local Monto Historical Society has a long journey ahead to restore the hall for the local community and visitors to enjoy once again.