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Flanders Function Centre, Inverell

Flanders Function Centre, Inverell
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Description / Background

The Flanders Function Centre was first established in 1957 as a memorial to those who fell in the First and Second World Wars. Originally known as Flanders House, the foundation stone was laid by Brigadier H. L. Wyndham D.S.O. on Anzac Day, 25 April 1957. The event was reported in the Inverell Times the following day, along with a photograph. The article said the building was part of a three-to-five year expansion of the Inverell R.S.L. Club. The club's president, R. Smith, stated Flanders House was to be the club's recreation building. At the time, the walls were about four feet high and the builder, Mr L. Reid, said he expected construction would be completed in the next four months. 

The site was once occupied by a house, in which the downstairs was the R.S.L. Club. The house was demolished and became the Flanders Centre. Two groups were formed, an Executive Group and a Board of Directors, and in time the Inverell Returned Servicemen's Memorial Club was created.

The Flanders Function Centre is located on the southern side of the R.S.M. Club complex. Over time, it has undergone modifications and is now a single storey building, with aluminum windows and a covered entranceway facing Evans Street. The Flanders House Second World War Honour Rolls were once displayed on site. They are now located in the Inverell Pioneer Village. 

Access inside the centre is restricted to its opening hours. 

Inscription

Exterior sign

Flanders Function Centre

Foundation stone

To the memory of the fallen

This stone was laid 
dedicating this wing
by Brig. H. L. Wyndham D.S.O.
The Club's first President.
Anzac Day
25th April, 1957

Pres. R. H. Smith.
Hon. Treas. K. Hely.
Hon. Sec. P. T. Doyle.

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Address
Inverell R.S.M. Club
68-76 Evans Street
Inverell NSW 2360
Local Government Area
Inverell Shire
Setting
Building – outside
Memorial type
Building
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
1957
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914–18
Second World War, 1939–45
Materials
Brick
Concrete
Glass
Marble
Metal