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South Wolumla School, September 1930. Bega Valley Shire Library collection 025-00001-D

The teacher looks happy and so do most of the children in this photo taken in September 1930 of the South Wolumla School. The school was established in about 1868 and by 1870 there were nearly 50 children attending (Australian Town and Country Journal, 10 Dec 1870, page 7).

There used to be small schools all over the countryside that formed social hubs for rural localities and their families. Children often walked, rode horses or bicycles to school or maybe the school “bus” was a horse-drawn cart. During the early 1900s the Bega Valley boasted many one-teacher schools – it was just too far to get children into school at major towns like Bega, Pambula or Eden. There were schools at Springvale, Kameruka, Tarraganda, Buckajo and even a school at Tanto (an area to the south-west of Cobargo).

Do you know of any other small locality-based schools in the Valley? Do you have a photo?

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