Bellingen Memorial Hall and Literary Institute
World War 1 Memorials Project
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Bellingen is a town of 3000 people located on the Bellingen River in the North Coast region, 547km north from Sydney.
Major-General C F Cox CMG DSO VD officially opened the Bellingen Memorial Hall and Literary Institute on ANZAC Day 25th April 1929 as part of the largest ANZAC Day Service the town had ever held. The first plans to build such a fine and useful building were mooted in 1918 but the struggle to raise the necessary funds was long and difficult. The fund raising efforts included running an open-air cinema, sale of the original School of Arts building, and pledges from local citizens. When one looks at this building today, their efforts were indeed rewarded.
Today the building continues to serve its community as a venue for local concerts, touring performers, exhibitions, festivals, movies and classes. The building, though now under the control of the local Council, is still managed by a committee of local volunteers.
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