Woodville School of Arts

World War 1 Memorials Project

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Woodville is a village of 600 people located in the Hunter region, 175km from Sydney.

The Woodville School of Arts has been at the heart of community life since 1877. The legendary champion boxer Les Darcy was born in Woodville in 1895, right next door to the hall. The current timber building dates back to 1923 when it replaced the first hall.

The hall has always been owned by the community and managed by volunteers as a not-for-profit community resource. Over the years it has served many purposes: as a meeting place, flood refuge, a venue for weddings, dances and parties, wakes and educational talks, political rallies, musical performances and children’s plays.

The School has two WWI memorials. The original Memorial lists all those who volunteered for service in the war. The more recent Memorial lists those volunteers who paid the supreme sacrifice.

It is one of the few public facilities in its area and one of the few Schools of Arts in NSW still owned and operated by its community.



280 Pitt Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

ABN 36 456 356 023