Bellingen Memorial Hall

Bellingen Memorial Hall facade and surroundingsBellingen Memorial Hall left tabletBellingen Memorial Hall right tablet
Description

The Hall at Bellingen was constructed as the Bellingen Memorial Hall and Literary Institute. A main feature of the Memorial Hall is the Soldier's Window.

At a public meeting held in Bellingen on 6 June 1919, it was moved that a memorial hall be constructed. A Memorial Hall Committee was established and by October a sum of £523 had been raised by the Anzac Memorial Committee. Permission was granted by the Attorney General's Department for the committee to conduct an art union to raise funds for the hall. At a public meeting held in October 1920, it was decided to purchase the property 'Clarement' for a memorial hall. 

In time action was taken to construct a memorial hall and the Sydney Morning Herald on 6 August 1928 reported, "The tender of Mr. B.C. Johnson, of Bellingen, has been accepted at £4187 for the erection of a new memorial hall and literary institute at Bellingen."

The Daily Examiner on 30 April 1929 published an article describing the official opening held on Anzac Day. It was the second tribute to the district men who had served in the Great War.

The hall was officially opened by Major-General C F Fox, CB, CMG, DSO, VD.

Inscription

Front façade shield:

SOLDIERS
MEMORIAL HALL
AND
LITERARY
INSTITUTE
1929

 

Front façade:

BELLINGEN MEMORIAL HALL

 

Left tablet: 

Foundation tablet laid by
J. C. HILLIER ESQ.
President Bellingen
Branch R.S. & S.I. League

April 25th 1929.

 

Right tablet: 

Foundation tablet laid by
H. B. COPELAND ESQ.
President Of This
Memorial Hall & Institute

April 25th 1929.

Address
Bellingen Memorial Hall
35 Hyde Street
Bellingen NSW 2454
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Established date
1929
Dedication date
25/04/1929
Conflict/s
World War 1

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