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"We have completed the building ahead of schedule. By the continued support of the business community of Avondale, and our own efforts, I hope it will be my privilege in the not distant future to announce that we have completed our task and are able to hand over, debt free, as a heritage from the boys of the old brigade to the new generation of ex-servicemen, this new clubroom and social hall as their own permanent home."

In these words, Mr. F. Baylis* president of the Avondale Returned Services' Club, addressed a large attendance of returned servicemen, residents of the district and representatives of kindred clubs from the Auckland metropolitan area on Saturday afternoon at the formal opening of the new premises in Layard Street. Amongst the guests were the Mayor of Auckland, Mr. J. A. C. Allurn, Mr. C. L. Podmore, of Otahuhu, district vice-president, N.Z.R.S.A., and Mr. A. P. Postlewaite and Mr. R. G. Mason, of the Auckland R.S.A.

Mr. Baylis said the whole project had cost £3000, of which £2000 was the cost of the building. The money had been raised entirely by local effort. The clubrooms provided a large and commodious central hall, a large supper room, and a secretary's office, with living quarters for a caretaker on the top floor and a lounge and recreation room in the basement.

Mr. Allum congratulated the club and the residents of Avondale on the handsome addition to the social amenities of the district, and com plimented the executive of the exservicemen's organisation in providing facilities for perpetuating the fellowships of war service. He formally declared the premises open.

Mr. Postlewaite also briefly addressed the gathering, after which afternoon tea was served and a public inspection of the building was "made. , The Auckland Highland Pipe Band provided a programme of national music.

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OLD DIGGERS' GIFT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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OLD DIGGERS' GIFT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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