As the number of children in the rural community of Winiam began to increase, concerned parents gathered to discuss the formation of a primary school for their children.
They were advised by the inspector of schools to build a school in a central location and the department would send a teacher to take charge of it.
My Great Great Grandfather, James Pilgrim, was one of the parents who formed this initial committee.
James showed generosity and conviction when he donated an acre of land (which adjoined his property but was in his eldest daughters name) to enable a school to be built.
|1886 Map showing one acre subdivided for new Winiam State School|
My grandmother, Eva Pilgrim, was 8 years old when she first attended Winiam State School in 1918.
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|1932 - Winiam State School|
Teacher - Lil Muller at back. Left to Right: Melva Voight, Mary Pilgrim, Coral Wolhers, Una Voight, Lin Wohlers, Edna Pilgrim, Bill Pilgrim, Marj Moulden , Gordon Pilgrim, Rita Moulden, Howard Wolhers and Hazel Pilgrim
|1893||Winiam State School closed for 3 weeks by order of health office as measles had broken out|
|1898||Miss Ethel Young appointed sewing teacher|
|1899||Mr W Jackson appointed, temporarily, to the charge of Winiam State School|
|1901||Head Teacher Walter Tranter transferred to Wangaratta after 10 years|
|1905||Mr HF Dunn, Master|
|1906||Miss Fanny Box teacher|
|1910||Shelter Shed erection contract granted|
|1911||Head teacher, Mr BT Kerr - New
education Act regulates appointment of school committee
James Pilgrim senior was one of those nominated.
|1912||Mr RT Kerr, been in charge for 3 years transferred to the metropolis|
|1913||Miss P Berryman, a popular teacher transferred to Hopetoun West|
|1916||Miss B Barnes was school teacher (notice of brother killed in war)|
|1917||Miss Brown appointed head teacher, in succession to Miss Barnes, who transferred to Gippsland|
|1926||Miss Darker presented with a marble clock set, she had been a teacher for 4 years|
|1933||Miss L Muller ceased teaching as getting married|
|1938||Miss Scott, head teacher, transferred to Geelong district|
Next week, I shall include photos of children playing at Winiam State School.
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