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Wallangra and District Memorial Hall and First and Second World Wars Roll of Honour

Wallangra and District Memorial Hall and First and Second World Wars Roll of Honour
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Description / Background

The Wallangra and District Memorial Hall was built in 1955. It was constructed by the publican Mr D. Cross, using steel, timber and galvanised iron. 

The memorial hall appears to be a replacement for the earlier Wallangra Hall, which was opened on 19 April 1907 (The Inverell Times, 3 May 1907). During the First World War, the hall held 'welcome home' functions for soldiers, organised by the Soldiers' Welfare Committee.

After the Second World War, a movement developed to construct a public hall at Wallangra. The Inverell Times, 24 April 1953, reported that 530 pounds was raised at a meeting held on 18 April for the construction of the building. The report stated, "the amount was promised after a meeting held for the purpose decided to take steps to make an early start on the building." 

Fundraising efforts that year included two 'woolshed balls', held in September and October. An advertisement for the October event in the Warialda Standard and Northern Districts' Advertiser, 14 October 1953, referred to the building as the 'Wallangra Memorial Hall', identifying the community's intention to dedicate the building later on. 

The hall was constructed by 1955 and it was proclaimed under the Theatres and Public Halls Act 1908-1954 in the Government Gazette of the State of NSW on 22 July. On 16 Septmeber, the Gazette also announced the Wallangra and District War Memorial Hall Society had applied to register the hall as a venue for a Picture Theatre. It was referred to as the 'Wallangra and District War Memorial Hall'.

Located inside the hall is a timber honour roll for the First and Second World Wars. It is unknown when the roll was constructed or unveiled. It is available for viewing when the hall is open to the public for functions.

The below information relates to the First World War soldiers on the roll: 

  • Richard Alfred Black: 7 Infantry Brigade Train, 17 Company ASC [Army Service Corps] (May-June 1915)
  • Francis Patrick Brown: Camel Corps, May 1916 to August 1917 - Reinforcements (May 1916-November 1917)
  • Lindsay Brown: 33 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 6 Reinforcements (May-November 1916)
  • Ottley James Cross: 33 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 6 Reinforcements (May-November 1916)
  • Michael Grimes: Camel Corps, May 1916 to August 1917 - Reinforcements (May 1916-November 1917)
  • Bert J. Mitchell: 1 LHR [Light Horse Regiment] - 15 to 20 Reinforcements (March-July 1916)
  • Alexander John Rabbitt: 18 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 13 Reinforcements (May 1915-June 1916)
  • William Robert Rabbitt: 6 LHR [Light Horse Regiment] - 15 to 34 Reinforcements (March 1916-March 1918)
  • Jack Evill Symington: 4 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 8 Reinforcements (December 1914-August 1915)
  • Alfred Charles Gooda: Light Trench Mortar Battery - 1 to 5 Reinforcements (September-December 1916)
  • Jesse Judge: 33 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 6 Reinforcements (May-November 1916)
  • Cecil James Ryan: 1 to 15 (NSW) Reinforcements (May-July 1918)
  • Victor William Ryan: 33 Infantry Battalion (May 1916)
  • Colin Alfred Morris: 33 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 6 Reinforcements (May-November 1916)
  • Walter Stanley Percy Morris: 36 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 6 Reinforcements (May-November 1916)
  • Thomas Wilson: 4 Infantry Battalion - 13 to 23 Reinforcements (December 1915-November 1916)
  • Malcolm Norman Campbell: 1 Machine Gun Company - 11 to 14 Reinforcements (May-October 1917)
  • Ernest Owen McCosker: 52 Infantry Battalion - 2 to 9 Reinforcements (April 1916-January 1917)
Inscription

Hall - exterior signage

Wallangra & District
1955
Memorial Hall

Roll

Wallangra
Roll of Honour
1914-1918 1939-1945
1st AIF
[Names]
2nd AIF
[Names]

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Address
Wallangra Memorial Hall
Yetnan Road
Wallangra NSW 2360
Local Government Area
Inverell Shire
Setting
Building – inside
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Building
Recorded by
Graham Wilson. Wallangra Hall Trust.
Year of construction
1965-1955
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914–18
Second World War, 1939–45
Materials
Concrete
Glass
Metal
Timber