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Heritage Week recalls our good old school days

10 Aug 2017

Council’s annual Heritage Week this year remembers “the old school days” as we celebrate education and its contribution in shaping past and present generations.

Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Denise Massoud said Heritage Week would explore the fascinating history of the municipality’s schools until the present day, and the value of formal education to the Whitehorse community.

“We are very lucky in Whitehorse to have a whole range of primary, secondary and technical schools. Heritage Week is a great time to recall your old school days and relive past memories,” Cr Massoud said.

“Since the establishment of the first school in Whitehorse in the 1860s, formal education has played a key role in the strength and vitality of the municipality: great educational institutions are a reflection of a healthy community invested in its children and young people.”

Join Council for free and low-cost events from the 14-21 September, including a favourite day out at the Schwerkolt Cottage Heritage Family Day on 17 September.

The full Heritage Week program is available at www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/HeritageWeek.html

The Heritage Week program includes:


School Days
Saturday 5 August – Sunday 26 November

Local student and school contributions have enabled the creation of this wonderful display of historic school objects, equipment and uniforms.

Remember the Old School Days
Friday 1 September – Saturday 30 September

This unique exhibition includes treasured school memorabilia, photographs, school stories and more from all over Whitehorse.

BHCAC Artist in Residence Exhibition – Jihye Min
Tuesday 5 September – Sunday 17 September

Jihye Min’s stunning ceramic vessels act as imaginary containers that hold the treasured stories of families who lived at Schwerkolt Cottage.


Box Hill Town Hall Tour
Thursday 14 September
Experience the grandeur of the iconic Box Hill Town Hall as you take a guided tour of this historic building.

Mont Albert Primary School: Celebrating 100 Years
Friday 15 September

Join Alan Ritter, school archivist and retired Mont Albert Primary School teacher, as he leads a guided tour and delights with stories of days gone by.

Box Hill Cemetery Tour – Mainly British, they taught us well!
Saturday 16 September

Tour the resting places of illustrious educationalists buried in the cemetery. Guided by members of the Box Hill and Surrey Hills Historical Societies.

Schwerkolt Cottage Heritage Family Day
Sunday 17 September

Pack a picnic and have a wonderful day out with friends and family enjoying old-fashioned games, pony rides, an animal farm, demonstrations by spinners and blacksmiths plus lots more.

Gardiners Creek Walkabout
Monday 18 September

Archeologist and historian Dr Gary Presland leads a wonderful exploration of the landscape
around Gardiners Creek.

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary – Row, row, row your boat!
Tuesday 19 September

Learn about the history of this lovely sanctuary, once a place where picnic crowds would gather for an afternoon of rowing and entertainment.

Blackburn Open Air School
Wednesday 20 September

Enjoy this personal account by Helen Harris, a past pupil of the Blackburn Open Air School – often referred to as a ‘classroom without walls’ – during the 1950s.

Explore Your Family History
Wednesday 20 September

Start exploring your family history with advice from the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies.

Remember Our Old School Days
Thursday 21 September

Local historian and respected author Gerry Robinson tells of the daily experiences of primary school children over 70 years ago.

School Days of Kerrimuir Primary School
Thursday 21 September

Hear recollections of Kerrimuir Primary School from Judith Eadon, one of the first pupils at the school when it opened its doors in 1959.

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