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Stan Eddowes Details

Stan Eddowes 1989

Stanley Henry Eddowes aged 5years 10 months enrolled at the school on 28th January 1919

He is No.925 in the Attendance Register

Started in Grade 1.

His father is listed as Non Commissioned Officer in Defence.

There is no further information in the Register but there is a note indicating that Stan's data would be found in a New Book. Unfortunately we have not found the New Book.

Stan was a life long resident of the Chermside area and did a lot of valuable work on the History of the Local Area.

Some of Stan's Recollections about Chermside State School

In 1919 the residents of Kedron had the choice of having their children educated at Stafford, Wooloowin or Chermside. Stafford entailed a rather long walk through scrub and barbed wire fencing. Wooloowin could be reached by crossing a rather busy bridge with the prospect of injury by the traffic that also used the bridge. My parents chose Chermside for two reasons. A cousin was a pupil there and also, a horse drawn bus passed through Kedron and Chermside.

The infant class was under the charge of a Mrs Tench, assisted by Miss Agnes Reid, whose family also resided in Kedron. A Miss Rose Wallin was another teacher living in Kedron.

Knowledge was implanted by 'rote' and memory recalls the impression that the word 'again' was the only word Mrs Tench knew. That word signalled a repetition of the exercise of the moment. The infants learned to read with the aid of a little blue book that said 'The cat sat on the mat'. Another period was spent weaving coloured paper mats.

Memory also recalls that the Head Master lived in the school house. On one occasion a senior class had difficulty in supplying the answer to a problem. He called on a member of the infant class to give the required answer and so embarrass the older students. The member was supplied with the correct answer and able to display his new knowledge by repeating it in front of that upper class. I was that infant.

Another memory was of Mrs Tench asking the class to supply a length of bamboo for a demonstration during an object lesson. My father obtained the needed piece of bamboo which I placed on Mrs Tench's table before school began. For some reason it was ignored and substituted with a sketch on the black board.

The horse bus figures in another memory. When my cousin had completed his education and began work at Gallagher's Tannery I travelled to school by bus and walked home. The fare was one penny. There was a rather steep grade up the tannery hill and the bus climbed at a slow rate. The bus was constructed with a set of steps at the rear to give access to the interior. Of an afternoon a group of children would gather at the foot of the hill and some of them succeeded in climbing on to the steps. The others would run beside the bus loudly requesting the driver to 'Whip up the horses'.

Mr Plunckett's coach building establishment was often the source of delay on the homeward way. At his works on the corner of Rode and Gympie Roads a very interesting display took place. To fit the iron rim on a wheel it had to be made red hot and then fitted on the wooden wheel. On completion the assembled wheel was submerged in a pool of water causing a cloud of steam to rise.

The school had a large play shed and during the dinner break the students would enter Sammells' paddock to forage for the sweet nuts of the kangaroo grass that grew
under the ground.

The best remembered memory was the annual trip down the river on the paddle wheel Government steamer, Lucinda, to Redcliffe. The return journey usually encountered a storm, dreaded by the poor sailors, but an extra bonus for those with stronger stomachs.