Remember the heritage
Councillor wants to commemorate the history of school in the North Burnett
NORTH Burnett councillor John Bowen is once again on a quest to highlight the history and heritage of the North Burnett, and he has turned his attention to the old schools in the area.
“We want to get some plaques made up to put on the sites of some of these old schools,” Cr Bowen said.
“So that people can go and see where their grandparents went to school and more generations down the line can too.”
Cr Bowen has organised a meeting at the Gooroolba Sports Ground on July 16 at 10.30am to speak about getting the plaques made up.
He helped get a plaque put at the site of the old Fontainebleau State School in the North Burnett.
They had a great turn out for that event and are hoping for more of the same.
“We got a great turn out for that one and it was just one school,” Cr Bowen said.
“This time we are commemorating four schools and the Mt Steadman Hotel.”
Those schools are Gooroolba, Mt Steadman, Wilson Valley and Byrnestown.
“Every one of these schools still has people in the region who attended them,” Cr Bowen said.
“For example Mt Steadman closed in 1953 and I still know people from that school.”
Cr Bowen was also a student at the Gooroolba school.
“I attended in 1956 for two years and I remember their only being 11 students in a one classroom building,” Cr Bowen said.
The photo of the Byrnestown school in 1913 shows what schooling in much of the North Burnett was like at that time.
“The teacher in the picture is Mr Tom Pedraziny who taught in the area for 40 years or so,” Cr Bowen said.
“The meeting is to work out how to fund the plaques and on what dates we will have them ready to lay, at this stage I am hoping early October,” Cr Bowen said.
Any past students who are interested in helping Cr Bowen are encouraged to call him on 4161 6106.
CLASS OF 1913: This picture of Byrnestown school shows the class of 1913.