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.
Seated 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.
For this week’s Saturday Sepia theme of tents I will go back to some men at a sheep sale in 1920 at the large Kooba station in New South Wales which I used in a previous post .
Kooba was a 120,000 acre station in south-central New South Wales . The station had been sold and it was time to sell its 40,000 sheep as well as some cattle and horses. But this time the picture is of a tent.
It is believed that this photo was taken on that day. It’s hard to know what the tent was used for – was it a refreshment tent – you can see a wagon pulled up at the back of the tent which could have brought supplies. Or was it used as a place for business. A bonus is seeing all the lovely old cars and the beautiful setting for the tent.
Looking closer you can see men who appear to be sitting at a table.
For the Men in Hats theme this week for Sepia Saturday I have this photo taken at Kooba in 1920. Kooba was a 120,000 acre station in south-central New South Wales . The station had been sold and now it was time to sell its 40,000 sheep as well as some cattle and horses. This photo of three men at their ease was taken at the sheep sale near the Woolshed yards at Kooba in October 1920.
The man in the centre is Alfred Ellis (1897-1954) and he worked for the Stock and Station Agent Wilkinson and Lavender which had a branch at Hay.. This was the firm which handled the sale of the Kooba sheep.
We have been to Hay before when we looked at an early plane crash there and where Alf Ellis became friendly with the Tansey family. But on this day of the sale he was about 100 km to the east of his home town. These Stock and Station Agents covered a large area arranging the sale of properties and livestock.
Now I could be completely and utterly wrong but I think the two men on the outside of the photo could be wearing hats called a Fedora while Alf Ellis in the centre is wearing a Trilby which is a type of Fedora. Or is Alf wearing a Fedora and he is simply showing his individuality by turning the brims down and not creasing the crown I can’t find any other style which seem similar to the hats in the photo. Alf Ellis appears to be wearing the same kind of hat in the final photo on the previous Hay Plane Crash page.
Here is another photo taken on the same day and once again the hat on Alf Ellis in the centre has the high crown and the turned down brim. The next two photos which also involve Alf Ellis give some idea of what the wool sale at Kooba was like but instead were taken at Carrathool which is nearer to Hay than Kooba. But they give a feeling for the size of these sales.
And there’s plenty more men and their hats to be found by following the links on Sepia Saturday.