An­niver­sary plans be­gin

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - ~ Con­tributed by Lau­rie Hen­ery

Jer­ilderie Pub­lic School — which is in the top three per cent of the old­est pub­lic schools in NSW still op­er­at­ing, and the 12th old­est pub­lic school in the Rive­rina — will be cel­e­brat­ing its 150th an­niver­sary in 2019.

The Jer­ilderie P&C or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is in the process of plan­ning cel­e­bra­tions for this mon­u­men­tal mile­stone, and are ea­ger to hear from for­mer teach­ers, stu­dents, and res­i­dents who would be in­ter­ested in putting pen to pa­per and de­scrib­ing their mem­o­ries of their time in Jer­ilderie or at the school.

In ef­forts to stim­u­late in­ter­est in prospec­tive con­trib­u­tors, a for­mer stu­dent’s letter pub­lished to com­mem­o­rate the school’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in 1969 is re­pro­duced here:

I started school in 1906 un­der Mr Richards as Head­mas­ter.

I com­pleted my ed­u­ca­tion here at Jer­ilderie Pub­lic School.

In those days the school boasted two teach­ers and two class­rooms.

Two of the teach­ers I can re­mem­ber (were) Miss Bolton and Miss Weather­all.

Mr Richards’ suc­ces­sor was Mr Bill Stein­beck – dur­ing his term there were con­sid­er­able im­prove­ments to the school.

These in­cluded the re­moval of the orig­i­nal tiered desks and the in­stal­la­tion of dual desks.

A for­mer Head­mas­ter – Mr El­liott (be­fore my time) was able to re­count his ex­pe­ri­ence of the ‘Kelly Raid’ to me.

One of the great­est days in the his­tory of Jer­ilderie, and which now comes to my mind, is the day Sir Charles Kingsford Smith in his fa­mous ‘South­ern Cross’ landed in Jer­ilderie.

Lo­cals were taken for rides in the plane and I had the priv­i­lege of sit­ting in the co-pi­lot’s seat dur­ing a trip, and at one stage tak­ing con­trols of the plane.

This same mono­plane is to­day at Bris­bane Air­port. Val Chap­man Ex­cept for a short pe­riod in the late 1920s when he went away to gain his pi­lot’s li­cence (No. 272, is­sued in 1930), Valentine Chap­man lived in Jer­ilderie all his work­ing life.

Val suc­ceeded his fa­ther as man­ager of the lo­cal coun­cil’s wa­ter sup­ply and elec­tric­ity sup­ply, in 1937.

In 1948 he be­came Jer­ilderie Shire’s man­ager for distri­bu­tion of the elec­tric­ity sup­ply which, from that time was pur­chased from Vic­to­ria, a time which also her­alded the start of elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions to ru­ral prop­er­ties.

Jer­ilderie Shire was in­cor­po­rated into the Murray River County Coun­cil in 1958 with Val ap­pointed man­ager of the Jer­ilderie branch, a po­si­tion he oc­cu­pied un­til his re­tire­ment in 1970.

Val con­tin­ued to man­age the Jer­ilderie Shire Coun­cil’s wa­ter sup­ply un­til 1979.

He died in De­niliquin in 1988 and was buried in the De­niliquin Ceme­tery, but in 1995 Val’s fam­ily had his body dis­in­terred and re­buried in the Jer­ilderie ceme­tery.

As a side is­sue in re­la­tion to the his­tory of elec­tric­ity sup­ply in Jer­ilderie; a for­mer ‘spe­cial’ stu­dent of the Jer­ilderie Pub­lic School, dur­ing the pe­riod Wil­liam El­liott was the School­mas­ter, Ed­ward Ed­win Brett was to later com­mence the first elec­tric sup­ply in Jer­ilderie, in 1918, which was a pri­vate op­er­a­tion for his Royal Ho­tel (now the Colony Ho­tel).

Brett grad­u­ally ex­tended his sup­ply lines to al­low con­nec­tions to other house­holds and busi­nesses along the route, and so elec­tric light and power to Jer­ilderie house­holds and busi­nesses will shortly be cel­e­brat­ing their cen­te­nary of ‘‘switch­ing on’’.

Val Chap­man’s plane in front of Millers Store (now IGA), pick­ing up take-away.

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