DAYS OF PAST RECALLED
Diamond Jubilee of Coorparoo School
Memories of days in paddocks and bush that are now streets of populous suburbs were among the reminiscences told in speeches and conversation by
the 21 original scholars who had answered the first roll call, and who attended the diamond jubilee cele- brations at the Coorparoo State School on Saturday. The names of some of them are perpetuated in district place names, such as Holland Park, Robinson Avenue, and Nicklin Street. The 27 were on or about the plat- form at the opening ceremony of the celebrations, and were entertained by the committee at afternoon tea. A toast and addresses in their honour were given by the chairman (Mr. G. H. Hinrichsen, present head teacher), Senator G. Brown, Mr. J. I. Brown, M.L.A., and Mr. R. M. King. Re- sponses were made by Messrs. G. P. Nicklin, M.L.A., P. Holland, Brigadier- General L. C. Wilson, and others. Brigadier-General Wilson, as an original scholar, officially opened the cele- brations. Mr. F. M. J. Baker, M.H.R., was present for a time before another engagement. The first scholars present were:— Elizabeth Jones (Mrs. Frost), Sarah E. Green (Mrs. Young), Margaret Faust (Mrs. McCann), Mary Lutz (Mrs. Linning), Lachlan C. Wilson, J. J. Conor, William McCann, James McCann, William Robinson, Alice Robinson (Mrs. Tucker), Samuel Crust, Albin Rossiter, William Ros- siter, Charles Rossiter, Fred Holland, Sophia Holland (Mrs. McLennan), Al- bert Harding, Mary Faust (Mrs. Fos- ter), Miss Kate Harris, Miss Maud Harris, Frederick Eberhardt, George Nicklin, Alice Nicklin (Mrs. Horsley), William Nicklin, Laura Stevens (pupil teacher, Mrs. Farnsworth), Miss Lucy Lade, Christina Weller (Mrs. Casper). There were 101 names on the first roll. "HYGIENIC" BATHING Bouquets and copies of the school magazine were presented to the original pupils. Mr. J. I. Brown un- veiled portraits of the four head teachers the school has had (Messrs. J. C. Towell, 1876-84; W. H. Halstead, 1884-89; J. F. Beet, 1899-20; G. H. Hinrichsen, 1921 to the present day). It was recalled by speakers that 60 years ago and less the boys had to remove dead dogs and cats from the swimming holes about the district be- fore bathing, and they decried the fear of parents of to-day that con- crete swimming pools, cleaned out every week, might not be hygienic. Some suggested that the children of those days, now known as hardy pioneers, were of tougher fibre than those of to-day, and invited the "young fry" to look on them in their fullness of years in proof. Mr. W. Nicklin, who wrote the his- tory of the school for the magazine, from his first day there in 1876, said
he was now preparing for his part in the centenary. Mr. Fred. Holland re- called that when he and companions were sent to fetch water to the school from the paddocks, they man- aged to make it a day's holiday. Brigadier-General Wilson said he was four and a half years old when he went to the school in 1876, and he recalled the official opening. A fete was held in aid of the school improvement fund. Exhibitions of school work, swimming, diving, life-saving, eurythmics, maypole danc- ing, tennis, and basket ball were given, and the school choir sang to the visitors.