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The below is an article from ‘The Argus’ newspaper, Thursday 26 August 1920.

PRAHRAN SOLDIERS’ CLUB.

Handsome War Memorial.

The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the clubrooms which are to be erected for the use of returned soldiers of Prahran, was performed by the mayor (Councillor G N Heyward) yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of people Amongst those present were Messrs G Maxwell, MHR, and D Mackinnon, M L.A.

Referring to the war efforts of the citizens of Prahran, Mr Heyward paid a tribute to the organising committee, by whose efforts, he said, over £50 000 had been raised during the war to provide comforts for the men at the front, special praise being due to Mrs W R Young and Councillor E. H Willis he thanked the citizens for their liberal contributions to the building funds, and wished the institution every success.

A large gathering afterwards attended the ANA Hall. where refreshments were provided. The president of the Prahran branch of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers’ League (Coloned Holdsworth D S O ), presented Councillor Heyward with a silver trowel, and Mr Haddon, of the firm of Haddon and Henderson, architects, by whom the structure was designed, made him a gift of a handsome drawing of the completed clubrooms After numerous toasts had been honoured, the function concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.

On its completion, the new building, which will constitute a war memorial to the soldiers of Prahran, will be handed over to the Prahran branch of the Returned
Soldiers’ League unencumbered The necessary funds for the building, £3,500, were raised from the proceeds of a carnival held recently by the residents of Prahran, the land having been acquired by the council for £1,200 The structure, which is situated in High street, near the corner of York street, will be ready for use in about four months It is of monumental classic design, two stories, and the accommodation comprises a spacious entrance hall, leading to a large club lounge, mid reading room.

Other conveniences include a billiard room and a buffet, and the design makes provision for future extension in the shape of in assembly hall, which is to contain a stage, dressing rooms, and other accessories. It is proposed to erect an honour roll in the main hall in memory of fallen soldiers.

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