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VICTORIA, NARRE WARREN, 125 YEARS – LOOKING BACK

EVENT DATE: Sunday 20 November

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The Narre Warren Mechanics Institute will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a fashion parade of original clothing from the early 19th century. There will be a display of paintings and photographs of the Narre Warren district and surrounding area together with local identities. Celebrations will also include afternoon tea and speeches. We would like to thank the City of Casey for their support.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Sunday 20 November
Venue: Narre Warren Mechanics Institute Hall
Address: 59 Webb St Narre Warren
Time: 11.00am-4.00pm
Entry: Gold coin donation
Bookings: Email  jpowen@iprimus.com.au

ABOUT THE HALL
In 1890 Mr Sidney J. Webb donated the land from his farm “Holly Green” for the Mechanics Institute. The Narre Warren Railway Station Mechanics Institute was built in 1891. The original funding for the hall was, by December 1890, recorded as £134-5-0 from donations and a further £227-1-11 from entertainment. The total cost of the hall was £384-15-0 by the time it was built. From 1893 – 1898 over £500 was spent on books – most of them technical, in 1898 there were 990 books and by 1905 over 2000 were in the library.
Extensions to the kitchen, foyer and meeting room were started in June 1899 and finished in October 1899. Kerosene lanterns were used as the first lights for the hall. Electricity was introduced to the hall in 1929 and Fluorescent lights were fitted to all the rooms in 1970.
“Due to lack of support” the hall closed in 1940. A new committee was formed and the hall re-opened in 1941.Debt free, the hall continues to provide a meeting place for local people. It is used seven days and six evenings a week.

Visit the Narre Warren Mechanics Institute Hall page.