Let’s talk local history
Join Carl Hoipo of the Cessnock Historical Society on Thursday 7 December at Cessnock Library for a free local history talk exploring the earliest years of education in Wollombi.
Today the right to an education is taken for granted, but it wasn’t always so. In the 19th century, particularly for children growing up in regional areas, access to education varied widely.
If you were lucky it was a private governess or lessons via correspondence, or perhaps attending a church-run school.
Poorer families, particularly rural ones, could often not afford to educate all their children. Instead, they were required to work on the family farm rather than sit in a school room.
For adults, the local School of Arts was vital in providing access to educational talks and publications.
Carl Hoipo will explore these early years of education in rural Wollombi up to the opening of Wollombi Public School in 1852.
Library Services Co-ordinator, Rose-marie Walters said the library team are committed to bringing our local history alive through the telling of these fascinating stories.
“This is the final event in our Talking History program for 2017. Make sure you are signed up to the Library newsletter to see the wonderful local history programs which will be offered next year.”
Talking History: Education in early Wollombi presented by Carl Hoipo will take place from 10am to 12noon on Thursday 7 December 2017 at Cessnock Library.
Morning tea will be provided and bookings are essential. Phone 4993 4399 to reserve your place today.