I found this old building on my way back from Nulla Vale on Sunday.  After a bit of Google search, I discovered that it was a school originally built in 1875 by George Wines on 5 acres. It was moved to this location by a team of 22 horses in 1902, becoming full time in 1911 until it closed in 1943.  It is sad, but this is a heritage listed building that I somehow don’t think will survive much longer.

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Photo copied from mitchellshire.vic.gov.au
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The rear of the school

 

10 Replies to “Emu Flat School…”

  1. Hi Lisa, I was going to ask you if there really is a place called Emu Flat, but I looked it up instead and see that there are two, one in Victoria and one in South Australia. So I looked up Null Vale and see that you’re in Victoria. You’re surely right that what’s left of the old school is just waiting for collapse. Still, a great old building, and I’ll bet the spirits there could tell some stories!

    1. I did think about the children that would have been schooled there. I found a newspaper cutting that mentioned a fund raising auction very early on in its life – items ranged from bunches of rhubarb to a sheep!

  2. Is this Emu Flat in Victoria? If it is, my father went to that school, he was born in 1905. I haven’t been back to the area since the 1950s.

      1. I remember being told that there weren’t many pupils in my father’s day, it looked much the same as the smaller building in the 1950s but in much better condition, a cousin of my father’s – Joyce Don lived in it in the ’50s, my cousin (second cousin) still lives in the nearby farmhouse. My Great Grandfather emigrated from Ireland in the 1890s and built a cottage near the current farmhouse. As I said, I haven’t been back since the ’50s, I should take a sentimental journey. Thank you for posting the image. Regards, Will.

  3. Hi Lisa, After making the model for my railway. Ihave been planning a trip to check the school. Did it today and am happy to report that there are extensive repairs under way. Have collected a number of photos. Let me know if you would like to see some.
    Ken

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