Thursday, August 20th, 2009
A FAMILY history spanning three generations has been captured in a new book, providing a fascinating window into the past.

The Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall Book chronicles the building’s history and a family intrinsically linked with the hall since its construction in 1925.

Sparked by the hall’s re-opening in March 2008 after extensive renovations, the late Albert Ottey started to research his family’s connection to the building and discovered his grandmother, Maud Winfield, worked on the fundraising campaign to get the hall built in honour of World War I servicemen.

Maureen Fisher-Sim – Mrs Winfield’s great-granddaughter – said preserving her family history had been important to her father.

“He asked me to publish a pictorial book detailing our descendants’ war-time efforts and strong commitment to the Memorial Hall,” she said.

Mrs Winfield and daughter Dorothy held presidential and secretarial positions on numerous local charities, helping the Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Imperial League of Australia, Spearwood – Hamilton Hill Sub Branch Women’s Auxiliary and Red Cross.

“The membership of those charities provided parcels for local servicemen serving overseas while the Winfield family held concert parties and sang and danced at socials to raise funds for the hall,” Mrs Fisher-Sim said.

“Maud actually hand-embroidered signatures of community members who donated money to help those and the tablecloth, known as ‘Fremantle District Road Board Branch – Red Cross 1942-44’, is on display at the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum.”

Mrs Fisher-Sim grew up in the Cockburn area before moving to Kalgoorlie-Boulder and was impressed by the refurbished Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall and new art facility during a recent visit.

“It is a credit to the council for preserving and maintaining our heritage,” she said. “In honour of our father, we have been pleased to present the City of Cockburn with copies of the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall Book which will be available at the hall and local libraries.”

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the book was a wonderful snapshot of local history, highlighting the hall’s unique past from the post-war years through to the 21st century.

“The very fact this publication exists is testament to the important role the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall has played in our community for more than 80 years,” he said.

“It has provided a focal point for community activities with a colour and vibrancy that echoes across the ages through to this day, highlighting the diversity of our local residents and how they come together in times of need.

“The Hamilton Memorial Hall Book is exceedingly well-researched and appealing as it details the history of the hall, allowing you to discover even more about the way we were.”

The Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall recently scored a 2009 WA Architecture Award in the heritage category, after extensive renovations maintained its historical significance while adding a contemporary new building.

The hall is located on the corner of Rockingham Road and Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill.

Rosyln Chapman, Maureen Fisher-Sim and Donald Ottey presenting the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall Book to Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett, highlighting their family connection to the hall.

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With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

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Book highlights 84-year family connection to Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall in Western Australia


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