Picton Soldiers' Memorial School of Arts / Community Centre
World War 1 Memorials Project
Picton Soldiers’ Memorial School of Arts/Community Centre. Image courtesy of the Management Committee.
Picton Soldiers’ Memorial School of Arts – Honor Roll A to ING. Photo courtesy of Management Committee.
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Picton is a town of 5000 people located in the Macarthur region, 80km southwest from Sydney.
The original Picton School of Arts dates from 1890. However, little of its story seems to have survived. Following WW I, it was decided to build the Picton Soldiers’ Memorial School of Arts as a memorial to those from the Picton district who had enlisted in the armed forces during the war. A lengthy process of fund raising followed. The Governor Sir Dudley de Chair and Lady Waley laid the foundation stone in December 1925 and the building was officially opened in May 1926. At that time two Honour Rolls were mounted inside the entrance porch to the School.
Wollondilly Shire Council now manages the building and it houses community services including Meals on Wheels, Neighbour Aid and the Senior Citizens Association.
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