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Strahan Skuthorpe

SIMON and ANNIE (“GRANNY”) STRAHAN (nee Bright) (Famous Waanyarra Midwife) and WILLIAM SKUTHORPESimon Strahan, with his three half brothers, went gold digging in California from Dublin, but were not successful and came to Australia. On their ship coming to Australia was a Mr. Boan whom Simon taught to write and read. They went to Waanyarra … Continue reading »

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Jones’ Creek School No.339

Victoria was the first colony to institute free, compulsory and secular schooling. But this was not achieved without argument, debate and conflict between Church leaders, politicians and colonial dissenters. By 1872 Jones’ Creek School had become one of the many secular schools in Victoria. The first school at Jones’ Creek was at Secret Hill. Its … Continue reading »

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School Teachers

Roll of Teachers Teaching staff records were not kept with much accuracy until the early 1890’s. Most of the Waanyarra School’s teachers roll was compiled from correspondence between the School the Board of Advice and the Education Department of Victoria. These letters are stored at the Public Records Office, Laverton, Victoria. Other names not included … Continue reading »

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