Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Days of the Old School Yard; Steps Taken to Establish New Place of Learning

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Days of the Old School Yard; Steps Taken to Establish New Place of Learning

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TIME PAST

BERYL JOHNSTON

A MEETING of Brassall residents took place in the Wesleyan Church on May 5, 1893, to find out what steps could be taken to obtain a school in the locality.

The children were at the time walking three miles to school.

On July 10, 1894, G.H. Byers's tender of 47 pounds 10 shillings was accepted for a school at Brassall.

On July 18, 1899, after years of labour, Brassall residents were pleased with their handsome state school.

It reported: "It is of a hardwood structure 50ft x 25ft (15.24m x 7.62m) with spacious verandas and lavatories front and back.

The building stands on high stumps, the space underneath being asphalted to serve as a play shed.

"The old provisional school has been added to this new building, making a convenient residence for the head teacher, although its exterior appearance is not ornamental.

"The school opened yesterday without any formal ceremony, although J. Hayes, the treasurer of the local committee, attended and introduced the new head teacher, Mr J.H. Barksell.

"The interior of the building already looks bright and cheerful.

A commencement had been made to decorate the walls with photographs illustrative of the reading and other lessons to which a collection of mineral and other specimens will be added.

The attendance has exceeded expectation, the average for the week being considerably over 100."

GIFT TO IPSWICH CENTRAL SCHOOL

In 1908, Ipswich (England) Central school sent a flag to our Ipswich Central School.

The flag measured 12ft x 6ft (3.65m x 1.82m) an consisted of the cross of St George, on which was superimposed three gold crowns on a large dark blue shield.

On one side of the binding of the flag, the inscription read "From Ipswich, England to Ipswich Queensland, greetings" and on the reverse side, "From Girls' Central School"

Apparently, in 1911, Ipswich Central (Qld) returned the compliment by presenting a flag to its namesake in England. …

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