Built in 1884 the Upper Beaconsfield Community Hall is an historical treasure in the Upper Beaconsfield community.
In the early days the hall was used for concerts (with it's own organ and piano), dances and formal balls, exhibitions, smoke nights and religious services. In the early days the hall was used to conduct school and also served as a Civic Centre for the community.
In 1887 it also contained a public library (Mechanics' Institute) where the kitchen is today with over 1,000 books.
The supper room was added in the 1950's.
Over the years many groups have been associated with the Hall. In 1983 after surviving the Ash Wednesday Bushfires it was a hub of support & comfort to the many effected in the terrible aftermath. A "Drop in Centre" was set up by the CWA was maintained for many years for those needing support.
Today it's still a major part of the community with Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre activities, an Early Learning Centre, Carols By Candlelight, Village Festival and so much more!
The Upper Beaconsfield Community Complex is managed by a Buildings and Grounds Committee acting on behalf of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). The Hall is available for hire to the wider community at various times.
Weekend hire for parties or weekend functions can be made by contacting Helen Smith, Secretary of the Buildings & Grounds committee.
Weekly room or program hire inquiries can be made to the Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre office.
Tables & Chairs for 80
Heating, Cooling & Fans
Kitchen with Servery
Access to outside Balcony/Park/Playground/Carpark
Separate Ladies & Gents Toilets
Large Double Door Glass Fridge
Large Electric Stove
Upper Beaconsfield Assembly Hall - Built 1884
Fireplace Restoration December 2017 - 2018
Conference of the Fruitgrowers' Association held at the Hall in the early 1900's *
Group at the back window of the Hall around 1905 *
" From the beginning there was a bell and belfry to call the faithful to worship, for weddings & funerals and to summon voluntary fire fighters. It also rang on other occasions such as the end of the World Wars. The bell was rung by a long stick with a hook on the end pushed up through a hole in the ceiling of the former supper room." *
"The present supper room was erected in the 1950's with a government grant of two dollars for every dollar raised by the community. The building was done was a contractor from Narre Warren and cost in the vicinity of $3,400" *
February 16, 1983 Ash Wednesday Bushfires
In February 1983 a 'Drop in Centre' was established at the Hall Complex after the terrible disaster of Ash Wednesday Bushfires by the CWA. In June of the same year a public meeting was held to discuss the establishment of a Community Centre and on the 27th June 1983 the first Committee was established.
Fete at the Hall 1928 *
* Information and pictures taken from the "Centenary of the Upper Beaconsfield School and Hall" complied by the Centenary Committee 1984