Bulls Museum staff (from left): treasurer Tony Simm, secretary Helen Cooper and longtime volunteer Jenny Meads.

Bulls Museum secretary Helen Cooper admits she is very proud of all the help that has come in from the community to feature the 150th anniversary of Bulls Primary School.

The small and compact museum is a treasure trove of Bulls memorabilia and the new exhibition will keep you reading and studying the old photographs for an hour or more, she said.

As soon as the exhibition was planned, locals were in with envelopes full of old school photographs, newspaper art articles, old text books and even an old school roll from 1896 in superb condition, featuring the distinctive copperplate writing from those days.

Helen said the number of people who visit the museum daily is just wonderful, and the school exhibition was bringing groups from everywhere.

“Many are former pupils, there are a few teachers and they come in and study the class pictures, remembering the old days when they were at school. Some of the conversations have been great.”

The days from 1880 school region features pictures of the First XV, little girls wearing smock pinnies, stern-looking headmasters and non-nonsense teachers.

There are fragile, old, yellowed school journals, a few ‘Janet and John’ books, special school recipe books, a small wooden desk with an inkwell, and old uniforms, giving the exhibition the sense of long-reigning, wonderful local families.

There were stories and pictures about the school milk scheme that ran from 1937 -1969.
Museum Treasurer Tony Simms said he clearly remembers the days of the wooden shelters by the school gates where the milkman loaded the crates of the small milk bottles and the designated monitors were sent to the gates each day to carry the crates in.

“It’s a shame all that had to stop. The milk was good for our children.”

The exhibition goes to 2000.

Source: Wanganui Chronicle


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