RSL Hall centenary in 2021

Michael O’Leary, Wesley Hindmarsh and Jeff McCLenaughan, the Committee of the Gerringong RSL Sub-Branch

The names on the external and internal walls of the Gerrin-
gong RSL Hall are a roll call of the village’s long-standing families – the Nobles, the Sharpes, the Johnsons, the Weirs, the Millers and the Campbells to name but a few.

Designed by Sir Henry Parkes’ son, Varney, in 1921, the Hall has played an important role in the social history of the village ever since.

As the centenary of its opening approaches in November 2021, the Gerringong RSL Sub-Branch has commissioned a history to be written, and is seeking the community’s help through the sharing of memories, photos or other memorabilia.

“Robyn Florence has written a number of local histories, and we are delighted she is going to do this for us,” says the Sub-Branch’s President Michael O’Leary.

The distinctive building, acknowledged as one of the best examples of its kind, was built in three months by the Repatriation Committee.

It was used as an office for Gerringong Council up until 1945, when the RSL bought it from them.

“It was a real social hub for the community, with many celebrations being held here,” says Michael.

“A lot of local families have a long association with the Hall, and we need them to come back with stories.

“We are also working with Helen McDermott of the Gerringong & District Historical Society and the Red Cross, as they have a great history here as well.”

In addition to the history of the Hall, the book will also include stories of the local people who served in the Second World War and subsequent campaigns. This will be a follow up to Names on the Wall, which documents those who died in the First World War.

“We invite the families of peoples whose names are mentioned on our honour rolls to provide us with any information they can,” says Michael.

Details: You can contact the Sub-Branch by emailing
gerringongrsl@bigpond.com

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