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Hall - Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall

Item details

Name of item: Hall - Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall
Other name/s: School of Arts Hall
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Community Facilities
Category: Mechanics’ Institute
Location: Lat: -30.0100 Long: 151.3900
Primary address: Ben Lomond Road, Ben Lomond, NSW 2365
Parish: Moredun
County: Hardinge
Local govt. area: Guyra


Historic: Reserve no. 79468. The original site was reserves no. 39852 and 39853. Early parish maps show portion 145 (19); Plan 3990.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Ben Lomond RoadBen LomondGuyraMoredunHardingePrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The former School of Arts and later War Memorial Hall has historical association, landmark, aesthetic, social and representative significance. The development of the community hall as a war memorial is a testimony to the extent of sacrifice and sacrifice of those served from a small rural community. The memorial hall provided recreational facilities and a venue for a diverse range of leisure activities and entertainment. The extension of the existing building in 1919 demonstrates the public expression of grief and acknowlegement of service but at the same time providing a practical memorial for community use. Construction of the hall provides the oportunity for a comparative study of the work of architect H.A. Tutt and builder Hickey as well a study of the diverse School of Arts and war memorials constructed throughout the New England region.
Date significance updated: 16 Jul 18
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Designer/Maker: 1919- Architect H.A. Tutt, Glen Innes
Builder/Maker: 1919- F.W. Hickey, Glen Innes
Construction years: 1907-1908
Physical description: The building has a high gabled brick façade with two shaped urns on top more typical of the High Victorian period, a galvanised iron roof and metal cladding at the rear. The front facade has been sandblasted. The building has a Norman shaped timber door; aluminium windows with decorative brick work around the door way and windows. At the side it has a skillion extension on the northern side; entrance doors; timber double-hung windows; a gable roof extension on the northern side; a skillion at the rear with a large brick chimney on the southern side. A number of photographs of returned service personnel are located within the building.

The inscription in front of the building reads: 'Erected in honour of Ben Lomond Soldiers, 1919'. At the unveiling in August 1919, the Honour Roll took the form of two marble slabs on each side of the front door with the names of those who served in the Great War, 1914-1918. The front facde also has marble plaques with the following recorded: ' Roll of Honour 1939-1945; Roll of Honour obituary and Roll of Honour Obit.'
Modifications and dates: Major renovation- extensions to the existing building and a brick front was added in 1919; electricty and septic tanks were installed in 1956; pipes were laid in front of the hall in 1970; a septic toilet block was constructed 1972-1973 and extended in the period 1986-1987. A kitchen and preparation area was extended in 1985. The front was sandblasted in 1992. Other improvements include an enlarged dance floor and built stage.
Further information: The hall once was a war museum and housed relics and souvenirs of the war; flags, photographs, machine guns and bugles. This material was donated to the Australian Comfort Fund in 1939. Photographs of men and women who served are within the foyer of the building. In July 1958 a sum of 84 pounds was allocated for erection of two tablets containing the names and rank of all Ben Lomond residents who served in World War II.
Current use: Community Hall
Former use: School of Arts and Community Hall


Historical notes: The original site was surveyed for a School of Arts on 5 May 1905. A committee was appointed to carry out preliminary design work for a timber building for a circulating library, reading room and a commodious hall. The site set aside was Reserve no. 39852 and 39853. Trustees appointed in February 1906 were Charles Judge, Patrick Walsh, James Pollock, William Baker, Samuel Pearson, Edward T. Ensor and John Roe.

On 25 May 1908, Empire Day, the timber School of Arts was opened. A committee had organised the combination of the opening of new School of Arts with Empire Celebrations. The teacher A. McBean, spoke on ‘Duties as members of the Empire’ and a sports programme was held on the Recreation Ground. There every child received a prize in the form of books or toys. That afternoon the building was opened. J. O’Rourke was elected to the chair and called on P. Walsh to officially open the School of Arts. At the function, some thirty members were enrolled.

In September 1910, J. Playford, secretary called tenders for additions to the Ben Lomond School of Arts (Glen Innes Examiner, 20 September 1910).

In 1919 the present brick front was added. In March 1919, R.G. Palmer of Ben Lomond called tenders for brick additions to the building. The official opening took place on Wednesday 18 June 1919 when the honour Roll was also unveiled. Lieutenant Colonel Abbott M.G.R. opened the building. A detailed account of the ceremony was published in the Glen Innes Examiner, 19 June 1918. The Honour Roll unveiled in 1919 indicates that thirty eight men served and thirteen paid the supreme sacrifice. In 1939 all the war material was removed and donated to the Australian Comforts Fund.

The NSW Government Gazette, no. 173, 9 November 2001 reports that there is a Ben Lomond War Memorial Trust. The hall is situated on Reserve no. 79468; Public Purpose War Memorial Hall, notified on 29 March 1957. Locality: Ben Lomond File Reference, AE80R 131.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. War Memorial Hall-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation Former School of Arts-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation War Memorial Hall-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups War Memorial Hall-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The hall has historical significance due to its association with the development of the School of Arts and later the commitment to acknowledge war service of a number of young men. The development of memorials following World War One, was a testimony to the extent of service and and sacrifice.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The hall provides the opportunity for a study of the work of the two Glen Innes men- the architect H.A. Tutt and the contractor, F.W. Hickey.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The hall has social and cultural association with the Ben Lomond community and surrounding district because of diverse social celebrations, silent movies, touring stage show, dances, family celebrations and a travelling picture show.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The hall has the potential for research on a comparative study of World War One memorials constructed throughout the Shire and the wider New England area.
SHR Criteria g)
The building is representative of a School of Arts and a War Memorial Hall built as a memorial for those who served in the Great War.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)04 May 07
Recommended ManagementConsult with owner and/or community04 May 07


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanGuyra LEP 2012i00530 Nov 12   
Potential Heritage Item     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Thematic History of Guyra Shire Council (Heritage Study)2006 Wilson, G  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Glen Innes Examiner, 'Ben Lomond Celebrations', 5 June 1908.
Written  Glen Innes Examiner, 'Tender Notice', 20 September 1910.
Written  Glen Innes Examiner, 'Tenders', 20 March 1919.
Written  Glen Innes Examiner, 'The First War Memorial', 19 June 1919.
Written  Guyra Argus, 8 Dec. 1905, 22 June 1906 and 26 June 1919.
WrittenGuyra and District Historical Society1990'The memorial Hall Ben Lomond', Guyra Historical Society Journal, no. 3.
WrittenNSW State Records Item no. 80/0716 'War Memorial Hall, Ben Lomond', 1 Jan. 1963-31 Dec. 1990.
WrittenNSW State Records Item no. 1058, 'War Memorial Hall', 1 Jan. 1927-31 Dec. 1962.

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Database number: 1710180

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