Charcoal Drawing: State School No: 1124, Muckleford South

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I have been wanting to draw this gem of a building for some time.

I decided yesterday, Sunday, was an ideal opportunity to fulfil this ambition.

It was a bitterly cold day so I was glad I could park the car directly in front of the old school and use it as my cosy studio whilst Katie snoozed on the back seat.

The school was built in 1871 of local sandstone rubble and red brick with a corrugated iron roof. The school had a single classroom and was typical of its era. It was built to serve the needs of a more densely populated rural district due to the gold rushes and people taking up small holdings.

The building ceased being used as a school in 1941 when it became a public hall. The school room had a single fireplace to provide heating and the blackboards have been retained.

I wonder when the corrugated iron annex with its own chimney was added (not shown in the drawing). Who on earth decided that was a good idea?

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2 Responses

  1. What a fascinating building that you have captured in your unique style, Margaret!

    • Thank you Diane. This district has many fine schools built in the 1800s from the wealth generated by gold mining.

      In modern times, these schools can have much smaller numbers of students than they were built to house. These schools reflect the civic pride that was typical of the Victorian era.

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