Re­mem­ber the her­itage

Coun­cil­lor wants to com­mem­o­rate the his­tory of school in the North Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CLASS OF 1913: This pic­ture of Byrnestown school shows the class of 1913.

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