KIAH PUBLIC SCHOOL
The school was opened as a Half-Time School with Nullica in March 1899. A vested site of 2 acres was acquired by Government Grant dated 10th August 1905. The school was made a Provisional School on 23rd October 1907.
The school was closed in June 1914 and reopened in January, 1916. The school was closed in January 1918 and reopened in August 1926. The school was closed in January 1932 and reopened in May 1942.
|Kiah Public School 1910
Photo W.T. Hall. Gandon Collection, Courtesy Eden Killer Whale Museum.
List of Teachers
Name - Date Appointed
Edward Bluett - March 1899
Walter Young - July 1900
Edward Bluett - April 1901
James Smith - January 1902
Harry Morgan - November 1904
Henry Ward - February 1907
John Irvin - November 1910
C. W. Kennedy - October 1913
Closed June 1914
Alice Richardson - January 1916
C. A. Stapleton - February 1917
Closed January 1918
H. W. Cornford - August 1926
John Bennie - January 1928
James Tyson - July 1929
Closed January 1932
Alice Rankin - May 1942
Kevin Paine - January 1947
John Reith - January 1957
UPPER KIAH PROVISIONAL SCHOOL
A Provisional School was opened at Upper Kiah in November 1912. It was closed in May 1920. There was no vested site.
List of Teachers
Name - Date Appointed
Arthur Ramph - November 1912
Michael Byrne - May 1914
Gerald Vaughan - September 1916
Alice Geraghty - September 1917
Closed May 1920
Compiled by Unknown
'Magnet' June 1929.
* Mr. C. P. Brown - school teacher at Towamba
* Mr. McMullan - school teacher at Pericoe
* Mr. Cornford - school teacher at Burragate
'Magnet' November 1929
Teachers: Mr. Luff - Rocky Hall
Mr. Cornford - Burragate
Mr. Browne - Towamba Mr. Tyson - Kiah
Mr. Bissell - Wyndham
'Magnet' August 10, 1935
Kiah and Nullica Children
That the Department of Education will consider any reasonable proposition regarding schooling for the children of Kiah and Nullica providing the cost to the Department is no greater than two subsidised schools would be was stated on Tuesday by Mr. Inspector White.
Mr. White devoted part of last week to inspecting Eden and district schools and spent the weekend at Eden.
In a chat at the 'Magnet' office he said that from a departmental point of view a school bus to bring all the children to Eden would be most satisfactory but if the people concerned were prepared to submit any other proposals these would be sympathetically considered. There were difficulties in the way of a bus service; for example, he had received an objection from a member of the clergy to the possibility of certain children being brought to a State instead of to a denominational school. The position was that subsidy was payable if they travelled by bus to a State school but not otherwise. Whether that was fair or otherwise it was not for him to say; was a matter entirely beyond his (the inspector's) control.
Asked regarding an allegation that the Nullica school had been closed because of a temporary drop in attendance due to sickness, Mr. White said it was not true; the attendance had been unsatisfactory for some time and there was no alternative but to close, however, he was out to help in every possible way and if the parents of either Nullica or Kiah would guarantee a nominal attendance of sixteen or seventeen (allowing for an average of eleven or twelve) and could agree on a site, a school and a teacher would be provided without delay. Similarly if the people of both centres desired a central school to serve both areas and could agree on a site the same would apply. Or if either a centre or both desired a subsidised school and could guarantee enough pupils every effort would be made to assist.
Mr. White explained that owing to the enormous cost of providing educational facilities the Department would not provide a school or a teacher for less than a certain number ; it could not afford to act in anticipation. As an example of what it was costing the Department he instanced two small schools, Towamba, which altogether had cost £2,000 and Burragate which had cost £1,400. That was without salaries or upkeep and showed that it cost to educate a small number of children. The Nullica people seemed keen on having a school in their own locality, he said, and if the conditions were observed one would be provided; a good one could be built and painted for £120.
Why the Department favoured the bus scheme, he explained, was because it offered excellent schooling for the children and would cost the Department much less than the upkeep of separate schools, that at Eden being well equipped and having plenty of room.
However, nothing could be done in any direction, he pointed out, without a definite proposal from those interested. This being so, it behoves the residents of both centres to take prompt action.
An interesting point mentioned by Mr.White is that provision has just been made for the payment (hitherto not allowed) of subsidy to children who travel to school on horseback.
'Magnet' July 18, 1936
DEPARTMENTAL MIX UP
Surprise is expressed at the persistence of the Resumed Properties Department in inviting offers for the renting of the Kiah School building. Seeing that the building is in use for school purposes by virtue of an arrangement of long standing between Kiah residents and the Department of Education.
For more than six months the building has been used as a subsidised school with Mrs. May Rankin as teacher who receives regular pay from the Department on vouchers signed every fortnight by Messers Wm. C. Switzer and J. N. Harris on behalf of the contributing residents.
It is locally considered probable that each department is unaware of what the other is doing in regard to the school building.