Ian Kirkland with a copy of his book, celebrating 125 years at Pearces Creek School.
Ian Kirkland with a copy of his book, celebrating 125 years at Pearces Creek School.

Lot of history at a little school

Despite closing its doors in March this year, Pearces Creek School will celebrate its 125th anniversary this weekend.

Over 300 people are expected to attended, including 92 year old Hazel Billingham, who is travelling down from Cairns for the occasion. Hazel was a student at the school in the 1920s when her father Henry Masters was principal. Others are travelling from as far afield as northern Victoria and Sydney to be a part of what will probably be the last big celebration for the little school.

Local historian Ian Kirkland has just finished re-writing the history of the school and has already pre-sold 120 copies. He wrote another history for the centenary in 1984, but the revised edition has expanded from 40 pages to 187 pages.

Mr Kirkland was a student of the school himself from 1955 to 1960 and has also been president of the organising committee for the celebrations.

Registration kicks off from 9am everyone is welcome and displays of memorabilia will be on display all day. Talks by former principals and students and the book launch begin at 10.30am plus there will be group photos and the cutting of the cake later in the day.


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