Coatesville U

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ntil 1926 the farm­ing set­tle­ment of Coatesville was known as Fernielea. It was re­named Coatesville in hon­our of Prime Min­is­ter Gor­don Coates who kept his elec­tion prom­ise to metal the area’s dan­ger­ous clay roads. Be­tween 1916 and 1920 a school op­er­ated in a pri­vate house, and when it closed, chil­dren had to travel to Al­bany. Their trip was im­pos­si­blein­win­ter­be­cause­ofthe­clay roads. A new school opened in 1923, but it wasn’t un­til 1940 that a new school build­ing was pro­vided for the 30 pupils. The first tele­phone was in­stalled in 1924, and elec­tric­ity in 1934. The hall was built in 1926 and there was a small post of­fice next door. There were gum­fields in the area with a large set­tle­ment called Puke­tui where the for­est look­out is now. There were no shops, and in 1922, the Moss fam­ily started sell­ing gro­ceries from a spare room in their house, and later from a store they built near their front gate. Bread and meat came from Al­bany twice a week. Sev­eral years later they built a store on the main road. Doris O’Neill, nee Moss, writ­ing in the Coatesville School Ju­bilee book­let, refers to other pi­o­neer fam­i­lies, namely the Hegin­both­oms, Inglises and Mor­ris­sys.

In­for­ma­tion:

www.coatesville.org.nz The area now has many large homes on well- groomed life­style blocks, a pony club, li­censed cafe, gift shop and a real es­tate agency

Fernielea Cafe: Coatesville was known as Fernielea un­til 1926.

Coatesville school: The first school build­ing was built in 1940.

Town hall: Built in 1926.

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