Balochile or Konongwootong South SS 3789

6 miles from Coleraine



Situated on part of Crown Allotment 1A Section 5, Parish of Muntham, County of Dundas, Balochile School opened on 1st of July 1913 to serve the children of settlers on the Konongwootong South Estate which had been sub-divided for closer settlement. The building was the original Nareen township school building. The first HT was Elizabeth HANLON. In 1943 the school was closed and the building was shifted in 1945 to form part of Balmoral Consolidated School.

Source: "Vision & Realisation", Vol 2, Education Department of Victoria.


Application for a school on KONONGWOOTONG ESTATE 13.6.1912.

Names of children who would attend, Date of birth, Distance from proposed school, Distance from nearest existing school.
Proposed site: Government Reserve on Coleraine to Harrow Road in Konongwootong South Estate. "The proposed school would be situated in the Parish of Konongwootong in the Coleraine Riding of the Shire of Wannon."

  • Claude CAMERON, 3rd April 1902, Adjoining site, 6 miles
  • Olive CAMERON, 27th Dec 1897, Do, Do
  • Apsley CARTER, 25th Dec 1900, 2 miles, 8 miles
  • Leslie CARTER, 5th July 1902, Do, Do
  • Cyril CARTER, 19th Mar 1905, Do, Do
  • Alexander McPHEE, 15th May 1902, 4 miles, 10 miles
  • Walter PEARCE, 12th Oct 1901, 6 miles, 14 miles
  • Tessie MOYLES, 19th Oct 1901, mile, 6 miles
  • Myra MOYLES, 8th Oct 1905, Do, Do
  • Dorothy RIGBY, 31st May 1897, 2 miles, 8 miles
  • Millicent RIGBY, 31st May 1897, Do, Do
  • Alex RIGBY, 31st May 1902, Do, Do
  • Ethel McLAUGHLIN, 13th March 1900, 3 miles, 6 miles
  • Myra McLAUGHLIN, 5th Nov 1903, Do, Do
  • Emma STEFF, 25th Dec 1898, mile, 6 miles
  • Christina STEFF, 11th June 1900, Do, Do
  • James E STEFF, 31st July 1902, Do, Do
  • Jessie STEFF, 8th March 1904, Do, Do
  • Elisabeth MURTAGH, 15th May 1903, 2 miles, 6 miles
  • Edward MURTAGH, 9th April 1905, Do, Do
  • Annie BICKLEY, 5th June 1899, 2 miles, 6 miles
  • Charles BICKLEY, 20th April 1903, Do, Do
  • Caroline BICKLEY, 15th April 1901, Do, Do
  • Martha HARRIP, 10th May 1903, 2 miles, 6 miles
  • Eric HAMILTON, 29th Jan 1905, 2 miles, 8 miles
  • Maude HEFFERNAN, 1st Jan 1900, 6 chains, 6 miles
  • Owen HEFFERNAN, 16th Sep 1902, Do, Do
  • Patrick HEFFERNAN, 14th June 1904, Do, Do
  • Gordon FRANCIS, 29th Sep 1897, mile, 5 miles
  • Oliver FRANCS, 8th Feb 1899, Do, Do
  • Reginald FRANCIS, 21st Nov 1900, Do, Do
  • James FRANCIS, 6th June 1904, Do, Do
  • Violet FRANCIS, 23rd Nov 1905, Do, Do

Petition from the parents of BALOCHILE RD SS NO 3789 (Konongwootong South)

Konongwootong South is 6 miles from Coleraine and was divided up for Closer Settlement in 1911.

In 1915 Miss Elizabeth Hanlon was transferred from this school. Her sister Mary had lived with her in the teacher's residence and helped out in the school. There was also a third sister Annie who sometimes stayed with her too. The parents of Konong Sth obviously had a great affection for Mary and petitioned the Department to allow her to take over from her sister in the new year. They say of her: "Her learning and ability and tact with the children has specially come under our notice with the result that the children have responded with respect and attention to her teaching and have learned well, also the children love her and she loves them."

High praise indeed! Unfortunately the Department replied that it had no power to appoint Miss Mary Hanlon. "The Public Service Act prescribes that the senior qualified applicant shall be appointed." Here are the names on the petition:

THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE

  • B. MOUAT (Correspondent)
  • P. CLYNES
  • E. ABSALOM
  • John CRIMMINS (Chairman)
  • J.H. PICKEN
  • H. ROBINSON
  • R. RICHARDSON

PARENTS

  • D. STENNING (Looks like)
  • A. STENNING
  • M.J. FORREST
  • H. FORREST
  • L. CLYNES
  • A. CRIMMINS
  • E. ABSALOM
  • A. MOUAT
  • G.A. ROBINSON
  • Sarah McINNES
  • D. McINNES
  • Mary FITZGERALD
  • L. FITZGERALD
  • M.J. RICHARDSON
  • John BRENS (Looks like)
  • M. BRENS

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