Thousands of WWI soldiers stationed at Featherston Military Camp found a "home away from home" at the ANZAC Hall before they went off to war.
This year the Grand Old Lady celebrates her 100th birthday in grand style. A substantial renovation has included a new paint and varnish job inside and out, and a new roof - even the floor's been buffed.
Over the last 100 years the building has served many purposes - from a hospital, to hosting generations of Wairarapa weddings, parties, civic events and funerals.
Dedicated local volunteer who've helped with the revamp tell Lynn Freeman why their small community went to so much trouble to build a huge hall for the soldiers.