Category Archives: school

The Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association

This photo appeared in Table Talk on 26th February 1920 recording an event which had taken place on Feb 15th.  Just a group of men having a dinner and Smoke Night in the Melbourne Town Hall.  But the interesting fact is that they all went to school within a few miles of the Castlemaine Post Office  and that there were enough of them to fill the Hall

old boys reunion Table talk Melbourne 26-2-1920

The Association was formed in 1912   Prominent people like Harry Lawson MP and Frank Tate the well known Director of Education were among the early members.  So too was Colonel Fields, whose granddaughters attended the High School later on and are remembered by  some of us who are still around. Mostly the annual reunions were held in Castlemaine but occasional ones were held in Melbourne.

I took the next photo in the front hallway of the North Castlemaine State School in 2003.  It shows the Dux of School, i.e. Grade 6,  a prize awarded each year from 1928 to 1973 by the Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association.  It was a small  school with only one class for each level from Prep to Grade 6.  But political correctness took over after 1973 when the teachers refused to set the examination to decide the prize winners.  Notice the  emblem for the Association was the blue orchid which grew locally each Spring  in the harshest of grounds

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This is the prize awarded in 1940, a leather bound copy of the Poems of Adam  Lindsay Gordon..  The Association’s emblem is on the front cover and a keepsake of one of the real blue orchids has been kept pressed inside the book

The first winner for this school in 1928 was H.L.Stacey.  I’m hoping that someone can tell me about that family.

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A Beach Day in Autumn

March 14th  1951

A newspaper cutting from Page 3 of “The Age” the following morning

Three country Victorian girls who had spent the previous year at  Bendigo Teachers’ College .

But here they are  on a beach at St Kilda   in Melbourne on a warm Wednesday afternoon.

Where should they have been ?

Once upon a time I knew the answer to that question but now I’ve forgotten.

But girls in bathing suits, a beach and in this case an unseen newspaper photographer  bears some similarity to another 1951 photo taken  at Bondi Beach in Sydney and used as this week’s prompt by Sepia Saturday.

Further interpretations of Sepia Saturday’s photo can be seen here .

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Blouses with Ties; Black Stockings and Short Pants

This week I have a fairly good match to Sepia Saturday’s  theme photo with a photo of  the prefects at Colac High School in 1920

Colac is 150 km to the south west of Melbourne in Victoria.  There were 61 students when the  school opened in 1911 and it  was known as the Colac Agricultural High School.  As Colac was the centre of a farming area for some years the Pastoral and Agricultural Society had been agitating for such a school.

Colac High School 1920Seated at the left end in this 1920 photo is Charles Fricke, who at fifteen  was still to graduate into long pants. He didn’t live in Colac but came up each term from the coastal town of Apollo Bay and boarded privately. He would ride a horse up at the start of term then the horse would go into agistment until the end of term.   Smaller country towns couldn’t justify the need for a secondary school so the primary schools went to  Eighth Grade, after which students at fourteen were able to leave school and go home to work on the farm or take other employment.  Those who wanted more education went to a larger  town with a secondary school , or to a much larger town which had boarding schools.

Two years after Charles was photographed his younger sister Enid (on the right) was also attending the school.  Both went on to be teachers. They were then followed by another brother and two sisters.

But the original school was closed and since 2008 they do their learning in a  flat-roofed, uninteresting building, a derelict of the future.  1’m sure though that inside this bleak exterior some wonderful education is going on. I just can’t help loving older style  buildings.

The old school became  derelict. The creeper went from the pillars, the weeds grew, the building was vandalized.

colac high School 2014Let’s hope they can find some use for the old lady.

Colac High School 2015

More group photos can be found in the list on this week’s Sepia Saturday.

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The image for Sepia Saturday this week  with its long dresses could be interpreted as dance time, dance time when dancing was dancing and not jiggity jig, hoppity hop.

And so learning to dance properly was de rigueur.   Circa 1960 at Sunshine High School in the Melbourne suburbs students devoted one period a week  to a club of their choice.  These photos are from the Dancing Club.  Ballroom dancing, of course.

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And a girl eventually got her first long dance dress, this time Christmas holidays at Apollo Bay in 1946/7 –  layers of blue and pink tulle with a corsage on the shoulder of blue and pink plastic flowers.

 

 

 

 

And more interpretations of Sepia Saturday’s image can be found listed on Sepia Saturday.

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A School near a Police Paddock – Murtoa

i love the bobbies in this week’s Sepia Saturday image with their helmets and one of them  wearing a long coat. I would dearly have loved to have found a matching image in my family album.  Instead I had to settle for the occasional use of the word police in family stories.  Tom Tansey brushed with a policeman on a horse in his fishing escapade, and the newlyweds lost their pack horse when it escaped from a police paddock.

This time a police paddock crops up again in an another vague connection.   When the Tansey family left Geelong to live in the much smaller country town of Murtoa, 273 km to the north west,   the two girls  were enrolled at the local primary school in March 1909.  We were told that they lived 1/8 mile from the school in Cromie St, just across the road from the back of the school, in the second house from  the police paddock on the corner at the rear of the Police Station.

So with this contrived connection what better reason is there for looking at the school the girls were attending.

Murtoa School Exercises c1911

Murtoa State School c1911

Exercises were part of the curriculum and this photo was taken c 1911.  Vera Tansey who was to grow up and use the Lucy Drake Cook Book is sixth from the left in the front row.

A bit earlier a photo had been taken of some of the girls with some rather intimidating looking  adults.  I’d put this photo c 1909 .  Vera and Hilda Tansey are 3rd and 6th from the left in the front row.

Girls Murtoa school c1910

Six months after the girls arriving at the school a new wing was officially opened and I believe this next photo was taken that day.   Not a large number of pupils but enough older boys for a Cadet Corps.

Murtoa Primary New Wing Opening 14-9-1909 bThe opening was reported in the newspaper of a nearby town, The Horsham Times on September 14th, 1909

New Murtoa School

The ceremony of opening the new school building at Murtoa took place last Thursday in the presence of a large attendance.. Among those present was the Director of Education (Mr. F. Tate), Dr. Carew Smyth, Mr. Hurley, Inspector of Schools, and Mr. Walters who opened the first school in the Wimnera, 35 years ago. Mr. Sanpson M.P., and ‘ Mr. Hutchinson, M.L.A., were unable to be present on account of Parliamentary duties. Mr. A. Help (?)  presided and made some appropriate remarks, and he was supported by Mr. Geo. Evans, J.P. . Mr. Tate delivered a most instructive address on educational matters, and also dealt in an interesting way with the question of hygiene and sanitation. Dr. Rabl spoke in support of the medical inspection of children.  Afternoon tea was provided by the ladies. ____

More interpretations of Sepia Saturday’s theme this week of bobbies, bellies, bums and brushes can be found in the links at Sepia Saturday

 

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