THE Shambrook family is celebrating 100 years of settlement on the Southern Gold Coast.

The family spans six generations and was an integral part of the development of the Coolangatta/Tweed area, with the first commercial business being set up in 1916 in Musgrave St, the Shamies Cordial Factory.

The first Shamies Cordial Factory was started by Benjamin Shambrook in Cooktown in 1890.

In 1916 the business shifted to Coolangatta where it continued under the management of Benjamin and his son George.

The Shamies Factory in Coolangatta's Musgrave St opened in 1916 and moved to Korina Ave in Kirra in 1959.

It stopped bottling in 1990 but continued to make fruit juice until 2006.

"The six generations of Shambrooks will be there, travelling from all around Australia and the United States to reunite and we extend an invitation to all those who have affiliations or just enjoyed a Shamies lemonade to come along," organiser Jade Vincent said.

There will be memorabilia and old newspaper clippings on display.

"When going through some old newspaper clippings a couple of years ago, I noticed that the family had been in the area for nearly 100 years and then reading all the contributions the family had made to the local area, I felt it would be a great chance for the family to reunite and also educate the younger generations of their family history ... and we like to party," Ms Vincent said.

"We would encourage members of the community who have had an affiliation with the Shambrook family to come along on the day and bring any memorabilia and a picnic with them."

The event is being held at Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre on January 17 from 9am-6pm (Qld).



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