"The school was built in 1867 by generous donations from the community at a cost of
£180, and the bluestone building that still stands today is testament of the community
spirit which still exists today.
The Evansford School was closed twice in its history, once in 1946 reopening in 1955
then closing for a final time in the 1960’s. The school provided both for the student and
the community, it had an ample library and the end of year picnic was a whole of
community affair that no one missed.
In April1984, Councillor Severino from The Shire of Lexton, proposed that the
Evansford Public School be purchased from the Education Department. This motion was
carried and subsequently the Evansford School was purchased. There was also a motion
to investigate and establish a local Committee of Management."
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REUNION AND DEDICATION OF HONOUR ROLL AT EVANSFORD - On Saturday, 23rd October, over 150 visitors gathered at the Evansford Community Centre for a reunion of past pupils, teachers and their families from the Burnbank, Caralulup and Evansford Schools, all of which are now closed.
The oldest former students who attended were Violet Severino and George Severino, both in their 90s, from the Evansford Primary School, and Russell Gallagher and Brenda Flynn (nee Gallagher), both in their 60s, from the Burnbank Primary School.
Among the official guests were Cr. David Bailey, President of the Pyrenees Shire; Cr. David Clark, Landcare representative; Stephen Elder, former Member for Ripon; Fr. Keith Smith; David Baird, from the Prisoner of War Association at Ballarat; and Bill Loader, from the Learmonth Historical Society.
After a barbecue lunch and roll call at 1.30 pm, the focus of the celebrations moved to the dedication of the Honour Roll. Piper Bill Williams led the march of representatives, headed by Privates Robert White and Rod Allan, from the 8/7 Battalion, Ballarat, then followed by the ex-servicemen and the official party.
The Honour Board was unveiled by brothers George Severino, aged 91, and Jack Severino, aged 86. They then laid a wreath in memory of ex-pupils and local residents who lost their lives in WWII. A very moving dedication was given by Fr. Keith Smith, an ex-pupil. The flag was then lowered to half mast as the Last Post and Reveille were played by Russell and Troy Cheesman. Frank Briody, from the Beaufort RSL, recited the Ode.
The wording and names on the Honour Roll are as follows:
In Memory of the Men and Women who fought for King and Country 1939-45
A.I.F., R.A.A.F., R.A.N., M.N., W.R.A.N.S.
- BOYD, J.V. LENAN, G. RYE, L.W.
- BOYD, W.J. LENAN, M. RYE, F.P.
- BOYD, A.F. McCALLUM, R.E. SEVERINO, G.
- CARTER, E. McCULLY, W.J.L. SEVERINO, J.W.
- CARTER, J. McRAE, K. SEVERINO, Les J.
- CULLINAN, J. POTTER, L.L. SEVERINO, Len J.
- CULLINAN, M.J. POTTER, O.N. STERRITT, E.W.
- DAWSON, E.E. POTTER, W. THOMPSON, J.L.
- 1914-1919 and 1939-1945 EAD, H.J., SEVERINO, J.T.*, SMITH, W.*
* Denotes Military Medal
After the dedication, those present moved to the school ground where trees were planted in honour of those who had served in the first and second World Wars. Other trees were planted for the three schools and in memory of the early settlers of the district.
The celebrations continued with a barbecue tea, followed by an excellent concert in the evening. A very memorable day concluded with an old-fashioned supper.
ADHS Newsletter No. 176 NOVEMBER, 1999