The Soldiers' Memorial Hall
The land on which the Soldiers' Memorial Hall now sits (Lot 6 Section 21) was granted to William Affleck on the 30th of September 1875. He bought the whole of Section 21 at an auction in Gundaroo on 21 December 1874.
Subsequent ownership of the land was:
- 25th May 1910 William Affleck transferred the land to Alice Affleck. Alice
Affleck is described as being the wife of John Mashart Cameron Affleck,
Gundaroo, Store Keeper and son of William Affleck.
John Affleck and Alice Affleck had a son Pte William John Affleck, 55th
Infantry Battalion 8th Reinforcements who embarked via Sydney on the H.A.M.T.
Suevic 11th Nov 1916 and served on the Western Front. He returned to take
over the family store and married Lilian Mildred Alchin. He also served in
WW2 as a member of the 13Bn VDC.
- 21st Oct 1927 Alice transferred the Land to Jessie Hilda Heath. Jessie was
in the employ of Gerald Murray Clarke Massy as a Nurse. The property, then
recorded as the Gundaroo Hall, was purchased for Jessie as a gift by her
employer for the sum of 530 pounds.
Ref: Supreme Court records and transcripts dated through out the year 1929 (Probate Jurisdiction) held at the NSW State Archives Kingswood Sydney.
Access series (4) Container (917) item 174574
- 19 April 1932 the land was transferred from Jessie Hilda Massy (formally
Heath) to the Public Trustee.
Jessie married her employer shortly prior to his death. Jessie was a much
younger woman. The last will and Testament of Gerald M C Massy left his
estate to Jessie and John Louds of Gunning. The family contested the will
and accused Jessie of having "improperly induced the deceased to make succession
of gifts of real property and person estate in her favour amounting
approximately to about 20,000 pounds in value at a period when he was a
chronic invalid in a helpless condition with health and memory steadily
failing". The matter (a fraud charge) was heard by the Supreme Court.
Ref: Public records as above held in State Archives.
- 30th May 1932, The public Trustee transferred the lands to Jacob Lees.
Ref: original title and correspondence from the referenced Solicitor 27th
- 12th June 1948, Jacob Lees transfers the title to Martin Alfred Crowe, Robert Stanley Alchin, Alexander Sterling Dyce, Hugh Albert Sibley and
These men were all WW2 servicemen with service in the local guard. They were
recognised as a committee representing the citizens of Gundaroo and
acknowledged as purchasing the Gundaroo Hall in the name of the committee on
behalf of the citizens. The referenced solicitors state "these were probably
the Trustees of the Gundaroo Soldiers' Memorial Hall".
Ref: Documents held in the NSW State archives, Series (NRS 15318)
Container (17/3260) item (311) Soldiers' Memorial Hall file.
- Documents dated 14th Feb 1946 and 29th June 1946 signed by Sergeant A. E.
Shipway, Yass Police, addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Sydney,
referencing the change from Mr Lees to the committee and addressing the
Licence issue under the Theatres and Public Halls Act 1908.
Service records listed on War memorial WW2 nominal role page.
- In a document of 19th July 1951 the Name Gundaroo Soldiers' Memorial Hall is referenced as the
Subject and details ordered work has been completed. Signed by C. Symes,
Sergeant 1st Class Yass Police, to the Commissioner of Police Sydney.
Ref: archive file as above.
- 27th May 1960 a licence renewal signed by the Hon Sec Mr L. .F Dyce
"Tillygreig" Gundaroo in the name of "Soldiers' Memorial Hall Gundaroo" was
submitted and stamped 27 Jun 1960 with a fee of 2 pounds.
The application states "the correct name of such body should be given".
Ref: archive fives as above.
- 16th December 2004, a new Title Deed was issued in the name of Gundaroo
Soldiers' Memorial Hall Management Committee Inc.
Ref: Certificate of Title (Torrens Title) dated 16/12/2004. Identifier