The final chapter of Jack Carroll’s The Streets of Mosman lists the ‘five main Memorials erected in the Municipality.’ Three were built in response to the Great War, the first being Anzac Memorial Hall.
Erected in Military Road in 1922 to plans drawn by the late W. de Putron, Architect. Public subscriptions and the proceeds of many Entertainments provided the initial funds.
In the Depression year – 1930 – many calls were made on its revenue. Other difficulties were the deaths of Trustees and Guarantors, and the lack of permanent succession of Executive ownership. It was found that a special Act of Parliament was necessary to remedy the latter.
In 1933, however, a very energetic committee was formed, consisting of the Soldiers’ League, the Council, and the Citizens, and ultimately gained its objective – the freeing of the Hall from all financial burden.
So much devoted work has been put into the affairs of this Memorial down the years, that the writer considers its history is worthy of an article of its own and that it cannot be adequately recounted in a brief one such as this. Also that some person, who has been more intimately associated with the Memorial since its inception (and there are many) could better portray the arduous work done, resulting in the present  great “Shrine of Remembrance” to the Soldiers of the two World Wars.
Carroll, Jack & Mosman Historical Society 1981, The streets of Mosman, 2nd rev. ed, Mosman Historical Society, [Sydney]
THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL (LORD FORSTER) ON SUNDAY OFFICIALLY OPENED THE MOSMAN ANZAC MEMORIAL HALL
A service for the dedication and official opening of the Mosman Anzac Memorial Hall was held yesterday afternoon, the building being declared open by the Governor-General (Lord Forster), who was accompanied by Lady Forster. The Mayor of Mosman (Alderman P. Burrows) presided, and others present included the Chief Justice (Sir William Cullen), Judge Curlewis, Major-General Sir Granville Ryrie, M.P., and Dr. Arthur and Mr. W. Scott Fell, Ms.L.A.
Lieutenant-Colonel J. H. Phipps, D.S.O. (president of the Mosman sub-branch of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers’ League) said that the cost of the hall was £10,000. When completed the building, with the land, would be worth £15,000.
The Governor-General said that it gave Lady Forster and himself real pleasure to assist in the opening of the hall. The foundation stone of the building was one of the first of many he had had the privilege of laying, and he took a constant interest in all the efforts being made to provide for the welfare of the Diggers. It was a still greater pleasure to know that the constant and devoted efforts of the people of Mosman to provide a fitting memorial to the soldiers of the district had met with such conspicuous success. “I know how much we owe to Australia’s gallant manhood,” said the Governor-General, “and how much they owe to Australia’s fine womanhood, during the war.” He paid a tribute to those who fell, and whose names are inscribed on the walls at the entrance to the hall. The same spirit of love of country animated all those who served, and he hoped that the names of those who went abroad and returned would be recorded as well as those who fell. Lord Forster added that the memorlals erected throughout Australia would not only serve to commemorate the services of those who went to the war, but would inspire future generations with the splendid spirit they possessed.
The Governor-General referred to the forthcoming conference of the International Council of Women, and to the endeavour that was to be made to avoid the causes of war. The ideal was a great one, and support should be accorded those who are striving to reach that goal.
1924 ‘MOSMAN SOLDIERS.’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 5 May, p. 9, viewed 10 July, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16137604
1924 ‘MOSMAN ANZAC MEMORIAL HALL.’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 6 May, p. 12, viewed 10 July, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16145694
There is much more to the story of this building. What do you know? What do you remember?