Yesterday I posted a photo of a school I had never heard of. I have since done a little research and found a rather interesting article relating to the school's closure in 1937.
This article was published in the Advocate on 21 December 1937 as follows:
“Some 30 years ago a young teacher was requested by parents of Devonport to open a girls’ college. Among the parents were well-known names, Mesdames Payne, Field, Mackay, Dumbleton, Orme, Towsy, Wood, Carson, Buck, Hope, Levy, Dineen, Brown, Buckpitt, Ramsay, Webb, Douglas, Winspear, Bovill, Stackhouse, Dowling, Crawford, Griffiths, Williams, Clements, Luttrell, Byron and others.
“After several years the school was taken over by Mrs Walpole and the present well-planned and well-equipped buildings were erected at Riverscourt. The site was ideal for a school.
“Mrs Walpole had boarders from other States as well as Tasmania. The pupils were trained for leaving and musical examinations. The eurhythmic and Morris classes gained prizes at the Devonport Competitions, and one most enjoyable event was a visit to Melbourne and Sydney when 20 of St Margaret’s girls presented a display of eurhythmic dancing at both cities under the direction of Miss Outhwaite and Mrs Cory (musician).
“Teachers on the staff during this period were Misses Outhwaite, McConkey, Andrews, Beatrice Lonie, Mary Payne, Dooley, Geaves and Mrs Lonsdale Atkinson.
“Then Miss C Readman carried on for some years assisted by Miss Douglas and Miss Helen Hogarth. Her pupils were successful in passing the high school scholarship examination.
“For the last two years Mrs Hogarth (the original teacher to open this college) has had charge of St Margaret’s assisted by Miss K Leicester. But the enrolment has been so much affected by the proximity of the Practising School and the high school that St Margaret’s is passing at the close of this year.”
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