Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

If Walls Could Talk

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

If Walls Could Talk

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Byline: Rodney Stevens Rodney.Stevens@northernstar.com.au

MEMORIES of yesteryear flooded back to Joan Ianna yesterday as she fondly recalled starting year one at Modanville Public School 85 years ago.

The Modanville local, the first of four generations of past and present pupils, was one of the guests of honour who gathered yesterday to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the school's opening.

Established on 0.8 hectares, the school was named after racehorse "Lord Modan" from neighbouring farm Modanville.

Mrs Ianna (nee Stewart) was one of the original 28 pupils who started her schooling at the single classroom school in 1928.

The 91-year-old recalled classmates riding horses to school, and not wearing a uniform or shoes.

"There were quite a group of us waiting for the school to open rather than attending school at Dunoon or Tullera," she said.

"We always had a happy time at school and looked forward to our picnic every year."

Since then, 20 relatives of Mrs Ianna have been educated at the school. …

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