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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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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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A Cane Chair in Beechworth with a side serve of Brass Bands

Sepia Saturday has suggested cane chairs – or should I say wicker furniture – as a possible theme for this week.  Here is Amelia Tansey in 1931 nursing one of her four grandchildren while seated in a cane chair  at the side of her house in Camp St, Beechworth .

CampS7, , Beechworth  1931

So while wifie was at home cooking, cleaning, washing, sewing etc, etc,  what was hubby Bandmaster Tom doing?   If not at work he might have been at the State School training their brass band.

He would have been using his favourite teaching methods.  My cousin Larraine gave me a copy of his hand-written notes in his lovely  cursive script  This is the first page of three.

Tansey's Silly System 1Here is Tom at the centre of the State School Band playing in front of the school in 1931.

Beechworth School Band in front of school 1931And then again after playing at the hospital for Christmas in 1931. Some of the boys look quite old but some schools went up to  the 8th grade and the boys would be 14 or 15.

Beechworth School Band in front of the hospital 1931

At other times he might have been rehearsing  the Town Brass Band. or putting the band through their marching practice, this time in 1934

Beechworth Town Band 1934

Other  interpretations of this week’s  theme can be found at Sepia Saturday

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Folk Dancing at School in 1970

We sometimes called it Folk Dancing, at other times Country Dancing.  I don’t know how much resemblance there is between the dance that these children are doing and true folk dancing..  But this is what these school children were taught in 1970 for a display at their annual school fete.

So from home movie to tape  to DVD to computer and the gradual loss of quality this is what the St John’s Lutheran School fete looked like in Geelong in 1970, beginning with a display of folk dancing.

 

The music is Percy Grainger’s Country Gardens.

Other examples of dancing and folk traditions among many other things can be found on Sepia Saturday.

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