May 16, 2024

We are delighted to share that Hale School’s Memorial Hall has been listed on the State Heritage Register, ensuring its preservation for future generations. “Mem Hall,” as it is affectionately known by our community, holds a special place in the hearts of students, staff, and alumni. This listing recognises the historical and architectural significance of the Hall and guarantees that it will continue to be a cherished landmark for years to come.

Memorial Hall was one of the first buildings constructed on the Wembley Downs campus in 1961. Its creation was entirely funded through a campaign led by a passionate group of Old Haleians who recognised the importance of establishing a community meeting place to honour our fallen soldiers.

The Hall was designed by Tony Brand, an esteemed architect and Old Haleian. Brand’s vision for Memorial Hall was revolutionary; he designed the building in a Brutalist style using off-form concrete. This decision marked a significant departure from traditional architectural styles of the time and positioned Memorial Hall as the first building of its kind in Australia. The Hall’s pioneering construction earned it the Royal Institute of British Architects Bronze Medal (1959-61) and the Architecture and Arts Australian Building of the Year (1962).

Over the last few years, Memorial Hall has undergone a renovation to ensure it meets the needs of the current and future community while preserving its iconic facade and interior architectural elements. The redevelopment project aimed to expand the space and incorporate contemporary touches without compromising the building’s historical integrity.

Memorial Hall holds countless memories for those who have passed through its doors. From assemblies and performances to examinations, the Hall has been a witness to many significant moments in the life of Hale School. It stands as a tribute to the collective efforts of the Old Boys and the vision of Tony Brand, whose innovative design continues to inspire admiration. Its preservation ensures that future generations of students will also have the opportunity to create their own memories in this historic space.

As we celebrate the heritage listing of Memorial Hall, we are reminded of the importance of preserving our past while looking towards the future. Memorial Hall will continue to stand as a symbol of our collective history, a place of remembrance, and a hub of community life for many years to come.

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