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Finley School of Arts - part 1


The first Finley School of Arts was built on land in Finley St and was purchased in 1892 at the time of town lots being released. The Berrigan Advocate of 12 May 1893 indicated that tenders had been called for a brick structure and the contract was subsequently let to J Lundholme of Tocumwal who already had a brick kiln in Finley.

The Tocumwal Times of 1 February 1894 reported that “Building operations at the new Finley School of Arts is in full swing and the contractor is sanguine of completing same on time. The structure measuring 50 feet by 26 feet with 8’ by 8’ porch rests on a solid clay bottom. Walls are of nine inch brickwork and pilasters are placed at regular distances. The gables are finished with cement coping and finial ornaments.”

The Tocumwal Times of 26 April 1894 and the Berrigan Advocate of 27 April 1894 both reported the opening of the School of Arts on Monday 23 April with a Sports meeting in the afternoon and a concert and dance at night, the opening being performed by Mr Jeffries of Tocumwal.

The cost of the building was approximately £320 and the Government subsidy was the rather unusual sum of eighty one pounds fifteen shilling and threepence, which works out to be a quarter of the erection costs.

Exactly a year after this opening Finley’s first school began in the building on 22 April 1895 with EH Templeton as teacher and an initial attendance of seven pupils which some parents paid and others refused. As the school monopolised use of the hall, on 22 November 1895 the committee served ninety days’ notice on the Education Department to vacate the premises.


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