During the Second World War the RAAF, USAF and the Australian Army established air and ground combat training establishments in the Wagga Wagga district at Forest Hill, Uranquinty and Kapooka. The RAAF and USAF began seeking various accommodations for their purposes and enquired of the Wagga Wagga City Council through the Air Board about premises in town for an Officer's Mess. The Council suggested the Riverine Club.
The Club did not welcome this referral and was lukewarm on the prospect as it would lose control of its affairs as well as floor space and the ability to generate revenue from normal activity carried out in these spaces. However, the Club reluctantly went along with the proposal and leased its spaces to the Air Board.