The Free Press (Corowa)
Hall that has it all
Did you know the Wahgunyah School of Arts has been serving its community for over one hundred years and holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many people?
Currently it is home to the Wahgunyah Senior Citizens Group, karate and yoga as well as being the venue for many private and public functions and a polling booth during election times.
The hall is built on land donated by Wahgunyah and North Wahgunyah (Corowa) founder Mr. John Foord.
John Foord donated the land in 1861 when the first hall was built. This hall disintegrated over time, so another hall was shifted in by a bullock team in 1911. Sadly, this hall was damaged by fire just one year later.
The Wahgunyah community is a resilient community and very soon through the sale of debentures at £1 each “a new brick hall was opened on September 12, 1912 and celebrated with a ball on 24 May 1913”.
A new supper room and kitchen was erected in the1970’s. Solar panels have been added and now it is a valuable asset in the Wahgunyah Community.
Over time the hall has hosted church services, choral society, public meetings, election booths, rate collection office and a baby health centre, private functions, playgroup, yoga, Senior Citizens and occasionally a Scrap Book group, Quilting group, Corowa Theatre Company, Arts Rutherglen, Shire Community Forums and school concerts.
Progress Association, Wahgunyah History Group and Neighbourhood Watch community groups have all held their meetings in the hall and of course the Wahgunyah School of Arts Committee of Management holds bimonthly meetings.
This latter Committee would love to hear from anyone interested in joining it so that the hall can continue serving the people for another 100 years!