LABOUR OF LOVE: Hanging Rock Hall rebuilt by local community.
LABOUR OF LOVE: Hanging Rock Hall rebuilt by local community. Contributed

How Wadeville healed community rift with restoration of hall

THE Hanging Rock Hall anniversary will celebrate three decades of labour, love and community support after it was intentionally burnt down in 1984 over an ownership dispute.

Since then, it's been slowly pieced back together by members of the Wadeville community, using local material and labour donated by residents.

Hanging Rock Hall chairman Frank Taylor said he was amazed by what the community had achieved in rebuilding the hall.

"For me, just being involved with it, which I have been for the last 10 years, it's a pretty remarkable hall," he said.

Hall management committee member Graham Benson said the building was an anchor for important events and something worth celebrating.

In November 1984, Lismore detectives investigated the Wadeville Hall fire, treating it as an arson case.

A week before the fire, more than 50 members of the hall's committee used bolt-cutters to force their way into the hall after Mr Auckram, who owned the neighbouring property, erected a boundary fence and padlocked the front door.

Both parties had documents which they claimed proved ownership and there were two separate insurance policies on the hall.

Lismore detective senior constable C Halloran said there were grounds to believe that the fire was deliberately lit.

Former Wadeville general store owner Sid Lord said the destruction of the hall caused several grown men to break down and cry.



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