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Shannons Flat [1906 - 1965]

Shannons Flat Half Time school opened in conjunction with Grogans Plains in February 1906 with John McKinnon as teacher. McKinnon came to Shannons Flat from Jeir school, where he had stayed less than four months. It became a Provisional School in October 1906 and continued as such until it closed in February 1913. The school re-opened on a Half Time basis with Murrumbucca in May 1914, closing again in October 1924. Shannons Flat again operated as a Provisional School from October 1927 to August 1935, and from August 1944 to June 1957. It became a Public School in July 1957, but finally closed in March 1965. The school building was moved after some years to Peak View, east of the Canberra-Cooma Road, half way between Numeralla and Jerangle.

Memories of Shannons Flat - Trevor Stephens, teacher in charge 1961- 1965:

I was appointed to Shannons Flat school on 31st January, 1961 following the transfer of Bernie Twohill. The one teacher school was situated fifteen miles north of Adaminaby. The school had huge granite boulders on one side of the site, a tennis court and a good sized flat playing area. One drop toilet was provided.

The community was very supportive of the school and through the Parents and Citizens Association provided much needed educational resources.

The surnames of some of the pupils, including one who gained the Intermediate Certificate, were : Luton, Kennedy, Litchfield, Kimbell, Sayer, Venables and Dixon.

The highest enrolment would have been twenty-five pupils, whose families owned or worked sheep properties in the district.

A teacher's residence was built on the site in 1963, but the school was closed in March 1965 due to low enrolments. The old school building was demolished.
The building was eventually moved, I think, to Jerangle Public School. Before the residence was built we were living in shearers' quarters on the Venables property.

(thanks to Brenda Brown, daughter)

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