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Bublacowie School's 100th anniversary
FORMER STUDENTS... Bublacowie Military Museum curator Chris
Soar with a group of the Bublacowie School's former students, back:
Carol Cameron (nee Mumford), Barbara Porter (Shaw), Don Hughes,
Ron Brundell; front: Wendy Luke (Sherriff), Eva Davies (Mason), Joan
Jolly (Sherriff), Ross Sherriff.
PHOTOS: Joy Darby
CAMPERS... Church group campers at the Bublacowie open day,
back: Ruth Latty, Rosemary Agnew, Dean Agnew, Phyl Agnew, Graham
Agnew, Lyall Phillips, Don Kissock, Rosemary Kissock, Joy Darby; front:
May Eichner, Jenny Jolly, Alex Daniell, Maureen Phillips.
PIONEER GARDEN... Chris Soar and District
Council of Yorke Peninsula mayor Ray Agnew,
who officially opened the Pioneer Garden
commemorating the 100th anniversary of the
opening of the Bublacowie School.
ON GUARD... Twelve members of the 141
Army Cadet Unit, Port Pirie, including Hannah
Clinton, Michaela Cullen and Lily Radomsuk,
volunteered their services for the event.
MEMORIES... Pastor Robert Anderson, of
Stansbury, whose father the late Pastor Sid
Anderson organised the very first Bublacowie
church camp, inspects the memorial plaque
in the new Pioneer Garden.
FORMER students and church
campers celebrated the centenary
of the tiny Bublacowie School, near
Yorketown, and the opening of the
special Pioneer Garden on Sunday,
Now the home of Bublacowie
Military Museum, the school
served about 25 families from 1912
until its closure in 1943.
Local farmer William Bishop
purchased the buildings in 1948
and, from 1952, it became the site
for the very popular church youth
Hundreds of young people
made their way to Bublacowie for
the next 40 years, particularly for
the Easter camps.
Since purchasing the property in
1992, current owner Chris Soar has
transformed the site.
The latest addition is a Pioneer
Garden at the entrance to the
museum dedicated to the school
and church camp site.
Guest speakers at the opening
included District Council of Yorke
Peninsula mayor Ray Agnew, who
officially opened the Pioneer Gar-
den, former pupil Don Hughes, of
Yorketown, and church camp par-
ticipant Joy Darby, of Minlaton.
"Looking into the history of the
school, and having made contact
with other students, we've come up
with a list of around 70 students
who spent part or all of their school
years at Bublacowie," Mr Hughes
"I spent my first four school
years there, transferring to Yorke-
town Area when it closed.
"Although getting an education
apparently didn't appear to be that
important in the early days, and
I've been told students were as old
as 9 before they even started
Mr Hughes said some families
would have made up the bulk of
the pupils at times, with 13 Stocker
children, six from the Mason fami-
ly and five from the Long family.
Another highlight at the open-
ing was a display showcasing
Bublacowie's history including
photographs from the school and
church camps, as well as the work
Mr Soar and his late wife Enid have
done transforming the almost-
derelict site into a museum and
OLD SCHOLAR... Former
student Don Hughes, of Yor-
ketown, studies old school
photographs and memora-
bilia during the celebrations
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