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Donnelly River Primary School



Historical information

By late 1951, the Education Department considered it ‘desirable that the mill community have its own school’. At this time, there were about 100 children living in Donnelly River and in 1952, there would be 39 children of school age.
Bunnings submitted a quote for £8,203 for the school, shelter sheds, paving, septic tank, fencing and standard quarters. The school initially comprised of; two classrooms (both 20ft x 30ft), an office (15ft x 10ft), two storerooms (5ft x 5ft) and (7 1⁄2 ft x 8 1⁄2 ft), two timber shelter sheds (20ft x 14ft), asbestos girls’ and boys’ toilets, paving, septic tank, post and wire fencing to enclose the school with two cyclone gates.
The school opened 2 February 1953 with 34 students on the first day. There were no desks and the children sat on the floor using chairs as desks. The first teachers were Laurie Phillips as Head Teacher & Laurie’s wife Elizabeth (Betty) as the Assistant Teacher.



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This photo is a record of some of the students that attended the Donnelly River Primary School and forms part of the village history

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Donnelly River, Shire of Nannup
Western Australia
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Authorisation to reproduce, public or display must be obtained from the Friends Of Donnelly Village Inc.

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Acknowledgements to be made to Friends of Donnelly Village Inc.

Friends of Donnelly Village Inc (FODV)

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Donnelly River Primary School student photo.
Student photo in the grounds of the Donnelly River Primary School located in the Donnelly River Village.