Primary school students from Tallowood School went back in time last Tuesday, with a visit to the Bowraville Museum. The excursion tied in with our current unit of study focusing on Local History. What a wonderful experience it was for the children to see so many of the farm implements, milking aparatus, harvesters, machinery and household items which were used by the early settlers of the area, whose lives and lifestyles we have been studying in depth. One of the many highlights was the Blacksmiths shop. It was terrific for us all to see the demonstration of the bellows at work, fanning the fire and the beating of the hot metal rods on the anvil. The children were all deeply engaged in this presentation. What a treat for one child to discover that his parents were married in the very church which stands within the Museum premises and to see his parents and sister’s photographs in the photograph album inside the church.
The small replica school room in the museum was another highlight for all of us. The children got to sit at old fashioned desks complete with ink wells and to have a ‘lesson’, drawn up on a chalk board showing sums and algorithms featuring imperial weights and measures. We were guided through a day in the lives of school children of yesteryear. Retired teacher Pat Hillary had the students full attention when she produced her cane and explained how it was used; the children were amazed and very glad to be at a school with a zero tolerance physical violence policy.
Our two guides were wonderful and we thank them both for sharing with us the treasures from the past at the fantastic Bowraville Museum.