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The Glenella Hotel was located on the corner of Davey Street and Hill End Road, now a vacant block.  It was named the Separation Hotel in support of the North Queensland Separation League which was strong locally at the time.  The hotel  was allegedly rebuilt in 1919 after being largely destroyed in the 1918 Cyclone.  It was allegedly originally located about 100 metres north up the road. The Glenella hall was built on the eastern side of the hotel  and still exists to this day. The Glenella  Hotel was demolished c. 1980 and the License was transferred to Mount Pleasant Tavern.  
Glenella Hall built about 1935 by the publican who owned the hotel on the corner in front of the hall.  The North Mackay Seventh Day Adventist Church started with a congregation of 46 and on August 23rd 1969 began worshipping in the Glenella Dance Hall after the Seafarers Hall (Mackay Harbour)  was no longer available. The congregation finally moved into their almost completed church building on November 18, 1972.  This was six years and two months after their fist meeting in the Seafarers Hall (at the Mackay Harbour) in 1966.  
 Glenella Hall  
Building of the hall was commenced in 1935 by Mr "Pop" Shaw and his son, Cliff and the hall was used for celebrations when the soldiers returned from World War 2.  The hall's history is sketchy but the Daily Mercury column,  published on October 13th 1988, noted the hall had been officially opened in October  in 1938.  The hall has since been restored.  Saturday 13th October 1990, the North Mackay Ambulance Ball at the Glenella Hall commermorated a ball that was held at the same venue 52 years ago -  120 people attended.  
The first meeting was held in 1984 to form The Mackay Ballroom Dancers' Club Inc. and began with Tuesday night tuition.  In April 1987, fortnightly social dances were held on Saturday nights. The Mackay Ballroom Dancers’ Club Inc. held their first Saturday night dance at Glenella Hall on Saturday 11th April 1987.  
Before that ,the North Mackay Ambulance Benefit Committee and Pregnancy Help held dances on alternate Saturdays.  When Pregnancy Help decided it was unprofitable to continue, the Mackay Ballroom Dancers' Club took over every second Saturday night in their place to ensure the continuation of old time dances occurred every Saturday night at the Glenella Hall.  By 1994, The Mackay Ballroom Dancers' Club Inc. were hosting weekly social dancing.  
Mavis Brand and her band has been providing music for the dances for nearly 50 years with 23 of those years playing for The Mackay Ballroom Dancers.  The hall has one of the best dance floors (65 feet x 35 feet) in the district and a set of punkah fans which are considered a novelty.  Glenella Hall is used every day of the week for either dance tuition or social events.

Milestones of the Glenella Hall:

  • 1989:  Re-roofing & re-stumping
  • 1991:  The Mackay Bllroom Dancers' Club became incorporated
  • 1993:  Saturday 23rd January - first dance on the new floor at the Glenella Hall. The official opening of the new floor and improved kitchen and all new blocks under the hall etc was Saturday 30th January 1993 when the Queensland Ambulance Service North Mackay Fundraising Committee held a ball with the Early Australiantheme - 118 attended
  • 2004:  Saturday 21st February - the Mackay Ballroom Dancers' Club Inc. celebrated their 20th anniversary of old time dancing and the dance program was the original one that used in 1987 with 90 people attending
  • 2011:  Saturday 25th June - a special old time dance was held for Mavis Brand and her Band as they had been playing at the Glenella Hall for 50 years with 23 of those years with the Mackay Ballroom Dancers' Club Inc.
  • 2014:  Saturday 22nd March - the Mackay Ballroom Dancers' Club Inc celebrated 30 years of dancing
Foulden flood reunion 2008: n amazing turnout of all generations converged once again on the Glenella Hall, 50 years on from the Foulden and Mackay district flood. The hall became a refuge for many residents of Foulden on February 17, 1958, and all the years melted away when old neighbours and friends met for the first time since the disaster. Some have never been back. Some have only just met their rescuers. For many, the reunion was an emotional, sad, and joyous occasion all at once.