Some Small Schools
Bluff, Branxholme, Drik Drik, Glenorchy, Greenwald, Henty, Hotspur and Strathdownie
If you have more school photos from the district, or information about any of these schools, please contact Vern.
Bluff School, ca 1895: the hand written caption says"Girl with beads Bessie - Miss Johnson Teacher - Bluff School"
Branxholme SS1978, 23 March 1922.
Common School No 63 Branxholme opened on 1st of June 1857 and closed 30th November 1877. It was built from locally produced timber. SS1978 Branxholme opened on 1st of December 1877 with Josiah REMFREY as HT. This school was built from local hand-made bricks.
Among the notable ex-pupils of Branxholme are: Dr. Mon. SILBERBERG, Professor Harold DEW of Sydney University; Pat O'CONNOR, architect who planned Alice Springs; Stan REID, a Collins St surgeon. Sir Arthur DEAN, Chancellor of Melbourne University, and; Gordon FLETCHER, Commissioner of Railways.
Among the teachers at Branxholme were: Chas. OPPIE (1905-10), Howard DARE (1912-13), W.H. GUNNING (1918-22), ___ DUNSTAN (1926), Geo. MADDOCKS (1927-33), B.J. BLANCHEN (1938-47), G. O'LOUGHLAN (1955-58), L. McDONNELL (1959-61), L. BUNWORTH (1962-64) and R. CLARKE (1965-68).
Drik Drik School, 1922: the inscription tells us the pupils' names, and that J W Malseed was Head Teacher. Wallace Malseed, teacher, ca 1915. This looks like the Head Teacher at Drik Drik, 1922, in the photo above. Glenorchy Estate, State School 4351 - 1940s? Tennis at the Greenwald School, 1916. A very old photo of the Henty School, inscribed "S 1347" - 1880s? Hotspur State School students - before 1900? Strathdownie Station, 1923: school group in May at the State School. Strathdownie Station, 1925: school group in May at the State School.
Small school photos | Bluff, Drik Drik, etc | Dartmoor | Digby | Merino | Mumbannar, etc
| Sample photos | 1998
Exhibition | 1999 Exhibition
| 2000 Exhibition |
2001 Exhibition | 2002
Exhibition | 2004 Exhibition
For more about the history and people of part of the Western District, visit the Digby and Hotspur web site.