A.I.F Memorial School of Arts & Memorial Gates Print Page Print this page

A.I.F. Memorial School of Arts : 10-August-2011
A.I.F. Memorial School of Arts : 10-August-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The Memorial School of Arts was erected in memory of those from Peak Hill and District who died in service or were killed in action during World War One. On the 15th August, 1949, memorial gates were unveiled and dedicated in memory of those who lost their lives in World War Two. 

Since opening in 1928, the building has been put to various uses.  It served as a School of Arts, with billiard tables, card tables, lending library and meeting room for the general public.  The southern side extension, financed by Peak Hill United Services Club, opened in 1957. 

When the Bowling club premises were destroyed by fire in 1981, it was used as a temporary club house while a new one was built next door.  Today, the rear of the building is owned by the Aboriginal Community.

PEAK HILL Thursday. The A.I.F. memorial School of Arts has been completed at a cost of £2230 and was handed over by the contractor this week. It is a bungalow building adjoining the post-office. It comprises a reading room and library, a large billiard-room, a soldiers' club room, and two other rooms, with a spacious verandah all round. It is said to be one of the finest memorials in the west.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 14 December 1923.

Peak Hill was en fete on Monday, May 14, the occasion of the switching on of the electric light, and the official opening of the A.l.F. Memorial School of Arts. A race meeting and a grand ball were also held on the same date. Everything passed off without a hitch and large crowds were in attendance. The day proved to be a red letter day in the history of Peak Hill aud district. Major General Senator Cox, Captain Abbott, M.H.R., Messrs Best, M.L.A. and Spicer, M.L.C were among the visitors present. The visitors were loud in their praises of the success of the gathering, the Mayor, Town Clerk and President of School of Arts were warmly congratulated on all sides.
Narromine News and Trangie Advocate (NSW), 24 May 1928.


Address:Caswell Street (Newell Highway), Peak Hill, 2869
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.723133
Long: 148.190364
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 14th May, 1928
Front Inscription


Left Side Inscription

    These Gates
   Were Erected
   In Memory Of
From Peak Hill & District
    Who Paid
The Supreme Sacrifice
      In The
Second World War
1939 - 1945

Right Side Inscription

"Lest We Forget."
 [  Names  ]

Source: MA,SKP
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
Proudly sponsored by UBC Web Design