Homewood War Memorial Hall

Homewood War Memorial Hall

Homewood War Memorial Hall in Marys Bay, Pelorus Sound, Marlborough. 

A local war memorial hall was first mooted on 5 October 1946 at a meeting of the Pelorus Sound branch of Federated Farmers in David William Foote's home in Homewood (Marys) Bay. The minutes of the meeting outlined plans to build a memorial hall on land donated by Foote. When the land set aside proved unsuitable, a flatter section nearer the water was chosen. The land the hall was built on is now leased from the Department of Conservation. 

The RSA sponsored the scheme and the Homewood Public War Memorial Hall was officially opened by local MP Tom Shand on 11 April 1953. A celebratory dance followed that evening.

The hall was used regularly by organisations like Federated Farmers. Other regular use of the hall came from church services, RSA and Anzac Day services, weddings, christenings, farewells and fundraising functions. The Maritime Parks Board and Marlborough District Council held public meetings there, and for nearly 50 years the hall hosted the Correspondence School children of the Sounds for schooldays and Christmas parties.

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