Monday, August 5, 2013

The opening of the new Angle Vale school, 1874

The opening of their new school on Wednesday proved an event highly credit able to the enterprise, public spirit, and taste of our fast advancing neighbours of the little hamlet of Angle Vale. The weather, was delightful, and the consequence was, a very delightful assemblage of gay visitors from all parts adjacent, especially Gawler, which probably indicated a lively interest in the present system of public education as compared with that which the Adelaidians wish us to adopt for their exclusive benefit.

The new school is well situated, and had become a great desideratum since the transfer to Virginia of Mr. Talbot's services from Penfield.   The school room is 39 feet long by 18 wide, and is very lofty, an indispensable feature in this climate. It is furnished with a fire- place, for imparting warmth in winter and ventilation in summer.  Combined with the school is a master's residence consisting of sitting and sleeping rooms and kitchen. It is highly creditable to the northern division of Munno Para West, that the building, the cost of which has been £454 4s. 6d., was erected without any aid from the district rates. The Education board has contributed £200, and the accounts read at the evening lecture showed £112 3d, raised by private contributions, £40 1s. 8d. contributed in labour, and the results of the opening day being estimated at £35, the balance owing will not be a formidable difficulty to overcome.

The assembled company partook of lunch at noon, under the management of Miss Collins, assisted by Messrs. B. Heaslip, J. Lindsay, and J. Collins; lunch being prepared by Mr. J. S. Underdown addressing the company, stating, that the position he occupied as Chairman of the District Council of Munno Para West, had procured him the honour of opening the building in which they were assembled, for educational purposes.  Though indifferently qualified for discharging the duty which had come somewhat suddenly upon him, he felt honoured.  He highly complimented the residents of Angle Vale and the neighbourhood on their public spirited conduct in thus rearing an edifice for the benefit of the present and future generations, without applying to the district rates. Education of the young had in former days been much overlooked.  The times were however, altered, the world around us was rapidly progressing through the influence of education, and the uneducated must get behind in the moral and intellectual face.  He spoke, experimentally as he himself felt the want of a better education.  He was glad to learn that a competent teacher had been engaged for the school, and if well conducted, he anticipated that the school would flourish and prove of great value to the surrounding neighbourhood.  He then formally declared the school opened for educational purposes.

The ceremony and luncheon concluded, the appointed sports of the day were entered upon, Mr. Collins, J.P., acting as judge, and Mr. S. Coleman as starter. The tea party commenced its agreeable session at 3 in the afternoon, several relays being requisite. The tables were presided over by Mesdames Heaslip; Hatcher, Whitelaw, and J. B. Rowe.  
In the evening a lecture was delivered on 'Lights and Shadows of London Life,' by W. Townsford, Esq., M.P., which was well attended and afforded great satisfaction.   The Hon. J. Hogarth presided, and made an excellent speech appropriate to the occasion addressed to a crowded audience. A ball succeeded to the lecture, in which some three score couples participated, till the approach of twilight reminded the gay throng that all things earthly besides sorrow and calamity, red rust and take-all have an end.   The arrangements for the day were ably   carried out by the Committee — Messrs. Hatcher, J. Paterson, J. Lindsay, and J. B.R Howe, and J. Bateup, and though last not least Mr. Pocock of Smithfield, obligingly aided, by dispensing various liquid refreshments, the proceeds of which formed a liberal contribution, to the general fund for liquidating the remaining claims upon the Angle Vale school; the opening of which will be a day to be carried down to the next age with pleasing reminiscences by the juveniles present, who are to form the generation to come, and in their turn to supply scholars to the school house of their pretty little sequestered village.

The following is a programme of the sports : —
First Race— 100 yards, prize 7s. 6d.
Second Race — 150 yards, handicap, for boys under 17 years.
Third Race — 150 yards handicap.    
Fourth Event— Running Long Jump.
Fifth Race— For boys under 12 years.    
Sixth Race - 880 yards; handicap.
Seventh event — Standing High jump.
Eighth event — Parade for Neatest Costume. This caused considerable amusement, especially when they were paraded before the ladies, who acted as judges on this occasion.
Ninth event- Hurdle Race, 250 yards.
Tenth event — Pole Leaping.    
Eleventh event— -Ladies' Purse; 200 yards.
Twelfth event— Running High Jump.
Thirteenth event— Pick-a-Back Race; 100 yards.
Fourteenth event— -The Consolation Stakes.
Fifteenth event - Throwing the Hammer.
Sixteenth event - Novel Race for men over 13 stone.


Bunyip Friday 27 March 1874

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