Wilby School – gone but not forgotten

September 21, 2017

Visitors, families and friends will be welcomed Back To Wilby School on October 1 to mark 50 years since the school closed.

On October 2 it will be 50 years since Wilby School, SS No 2288 closed.

To mark the occasion a Back To Wilby School event is being planned for Sunday, October 1.
The organising committee is seeking past students, their families and anyone who had a connection with the school or who would like to attend and reflect on stories and memories of school days.
Wilby State School held a very important place both in the township and for the nearby farms.
The school opened on August 8, 1880 with an enrolment of 33 children and for more than 87 years continued to provide education to generations of children from the district.
Originally, classes in the one-teacher school were held in a leased building which was not really suitable for the purpose.
In 1883 when enrolments reached 40, parents complained in a petition about the conditions under which their children were taught.
This hastened the provision of a timber building and an adjoining residence for the teacher in Russell Street, Wilby.
The new school building was one of very few public spaces in town and one end of the building was used for some years for the sorting of the mail.
In 1930 the residence was detached from the school, re-blocked and a new sleep-out, washhouse, woodshed and bathroom erected.
A new school building was officially opened by the District Inspector on November, 12 1963 on the same site, but due to dwindling numbers the school finally closed in 1967.
The Back To Wilby School event is to be held at Wilby Hall on Sunday, October 1 starting at 11am.
There will be a display of photos, newspaper articles and memorabilia.
Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of photos, bookwork, awards and other items of interest from their school days.
Cost of entry is $10 per person which will cover lunch provided by Yarrawonga Lions Club. After lunch a visit to the school site is planned.
Visitors will be able to take part in a short re-enactment and have a chance to hear and contribute to some recollections.
This will be followed by afternoon tea back at the hall.
For more information contact Faye Cox (03) 57441810 or Helen White 0407521278, [email protected]

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