Preserving History

In 1946 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Bowral, built the spectacular Memorial Hall.  Rumoured to be the largest privately owned theatre in regional NSW.

Former OLSH School Boy, James Donohoe remembers the commencement of the building fondly.

“I was standing next to the labourer when he turned the first sod. I remember it well and I got into trouble for being “out of bounds”. It was early 1946. The ground floor was up by about June and the Hall was ready for occupation in early December 1946. We held a concert in there on the last day of school that year and the whole school sang in choir the “Chorus”, the words to Tales from the Vienna Woods.We started using the building in 1947 but the movies were not shown there until 1948. Bishop Twohey formally laid the foundation stone some time in 1948.”

The Memorial Hall has the capacity to seat 500 guests, you can feel the grandeur of the room and what it once was.  This is just one of the magnificent original features Waterbrook will restore to its former glory for Residents and their guests to enjoy.

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