My Dad, Allan John Curry,
used to talk about his time at Bangaroo Public School
near Canowindra, NSW
. He enjoyed his school days. Today I took to Trove
to see if I could locate any information on the school.
In spite of leaving school at 13 to work on the family farm Dad's literacy and numeracy skills were well developed. He must have received a good foundation in the 3rs during his time at Bangaroo.
As there were two schools at Bangaroo I was never sure which one Dad attended but in reading through articles on Trove I have concluded that it was Bangaroo school that Dad attended not Bangaroo North.
Dad used talk of his teacher A. Grabham
. Trove confirmed that Mr Grabham was at Bangaroo School as he received a transfer from that school to another in 1932 (When Dad was 13). I can't remember Dad mentioning P. O'Donaghue
who took over from Grabham.
|1932 'SCHOOL TEACHERS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 27 July, p. 6. , viewed 15 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16889096|
Grabham had been transferred from Coolah to Bangaroo in 1928.
|1928 'THE SCHOOLS', Tweed Daily (Murwillumbah, NSW : 1914 - 1949), 7 July, p. 6. , viewed 15 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191577701|
Another article tells me that Grabham passed some teachers' exams and confirmed what Dad told me, Grabham's first name was Alan.
Dad never mentioned Miss Gellately who must have taught him in his early years at the school.
|1931 'SCHOOL TEACHERS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 6 August, p. 6. , viewed 15 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16798810|
Another article reports on the success of John McCarron who would have been one of Dad's classmates in the small school at Bangaroo.
|1925 'PROMOTED TO BANGAROO.',Narromine News and Trangie Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1955), 10 June, p. 2. , viewed 15 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119988730|
|1931 'Canowindra', The Carcoar Chronicle (NSW : 1878 - 1943), 13 March, p. 5. , viewed 15 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103557255|
The school at Bangaroo is long since gone. Hopefully in a year or two I can return to Trove and, in the newly digitised resources find more information on Dad's Alma Mater.