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Trove Tuesday: Finger Post School Picnic

Running a bit late this week so my Trove Tuesday is more like Trove Thursday!
Today's article involves the Finger Post School picnic held in 1907.  My great grandfather John Joseph Donnelly was the school teacher at Finger Post at the time and is mentioned in the article, along with his wife, my great grandmother Bridget Anastasia Donnelly (nee Lambert).

Source:FINGER POST SCHOOL PICNIC (1907, August 19). Wellington Times (NSW : 1899 - 1954), , p. 3. Retrieved from



(From a Correspondent).

On Saturday last, 17th instant, the School Picnic passed off very successfully.  Games were indulged in throughout the day, besides various races for old and young, no charge being made to enter any race.  Mr. Johnson was the winner of the Old Buffers' race, the prize being 50lb of flour.
The Turk's Head contest was a very interesting game to all present.  A tin was placed on top of a stick, which stood upright in the ground.  The contestants were blindfolded, and the boy hitting closest to the tin won the game.
The Maypole dance was prettily performed by the children, who were nicely dressed.  Mr. Nicholas was on the ground, very busy taking photographs of the different performances by the children.
Great amusement was created by the introduction of the scrambling man, he having a shawl with pockets made in it, full of lollies.  The children chased this man about for the sake of getting the lollies.
Rev. F.J. Dunkley gave out the prizes to the school children, and to the winners of the various races.
It is a great shame the Education Department does not build a school-teacher's residence.  The Farmers and Settlers' Association, or some other organisation, ought to take the matter up and place it before the Department.
There may be a further account of the picnic sent in, because I could not get the entire results of the races, etc. without putting Mr. amd Mrs. Donnelly to a lot of inconvenience.  Mr. Donnelly and his good wife deserve a great deal of praise for the way the children were trained, also for the success of the picnic.  Thanks are due to the parents and friends of the children in adding to the success of the picnic.


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