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Scarborough State School early history

Updated: May 24

Scarborough State School was opened on March 9th 1925

Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection: RMPC-101\101514

The Brisbane Courier Friday 13 Mar 1925 Page 9 SCARBOROUGH.

The new State School was officially opened on Monday afternoon by Mr. R. J. Warren, M.L.A., the member for Murrumba. There was a representative gathering of residents of the district. Mr. Stevenson, in introducing Mr. Warren, traced, in no brief way, the efforts of the committee to get the school established. Mr. Warren said that the Under Secretary (Mr. M'Kenna) had personally visited the district, so that he might satisfy himself of the necessity for the school, and he had found that the committee was justified in its demands that the school should be built. They now had one constructed on modern lines. From Mr. Stewart's high records at Helidon and elsewhere the parents could be sure their children would obtain good training at the Scarborough State School. Ald. J. B. Dunn (Mayor of Redcliffe) thanked Mr. Warren for attending, stating he was greatly pleased to see the school an established fact. It gave him great pleasure to donate a gold medal to the boy or girl attending the school who wrote the best history of Redcliffe for the first hundred years, to be judged by Mr. Cumbrae Stewart. He also donated a gold medal for the best essay by a boy or girl attending the school on the resources of the district, to be judged by the head teacher, and on behalf of the Mayoress (Mrs. Dunn) he announced that she would donate a gold medal to the boy or girl showing the most marked educational advancement at the end of the first 12 months and also a gold medal to the boy or girl showing the best attendance during the first 12 months, no boy or girl to be allowed to win more than one of these medals. Mr. C. G. Graves (secretary of the Humpybong State School Committee) extended a hearty welcome to Mr. Stewart, and hoped that the establishment of the Scarborough school would create healthy rivalry in all branches of sport between the two schools. Mr. Adams (Town Clerk) also spoke, as did Ald. Hardiman (Woody Point). Afternoon tea was served by a number of ladies and the members of the committee. Redcliffe Railway.—Mr. Warren, M.L.A., when opening the new State School at Scarborough on Monday, made some pertinent remarks in regard to the Redcliffe railway. The Redcliffe people, he said, had only themselves to blame for not having the railway in the past, as they were divided, one party wanting it to come one way, and one another. They should be united, and leave it to experts to say which way it should come, and until they were content to do that they would not get the railway. They had asked the Minister to receive a deputation some time ago, but he refused, because the Public Works Commission was unable to complete its report.

1938 Class photo for Scarborough State School. Grades VI and VII

Back row from left: 1. ??, 2. Don Smith, 3. Norm Thurecht, 4. Norman Reid, 5. Jimmy Woods?, 6. Malcolm Smith, 7. Roald Smith, 8. ??. Middle row from left: 1. ??, 2. Bill Rowe, 3. ??, 4. Ron Hovelroud, 5. ??, 6. ??, 7. ??. Front row from left: 1. Jean Kneen, 2. ??, 3. Mary Marsh, 4. Peggy ?, 5. Esme Weston, 6. Joan Adcock, 7. Betty Rodway, 8. Daphne Lucas, 9. Joyce Anderson, 10. Bonnie Geddes, 11. ??.

Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection: RLPC-001\001678

1940 Scarborough State School class photo. Grades V, VI and VII

Back row from left: 1. Stanley Blank, 2. Don Gregor?, 3. Roy Wallace, 4. ??, 5. Olga Meikle, 6. ??, 7. Eric Scarborough, 8. Doug Thurecht, 9. Doug Keong, 10. Ken Francis.

2nd back row from left: 1. Elise MacFarlane, 2. Iris Smith, 3. Dawn Cuskelly, 4. Margaret Geddes, 5. Daphne Rossiter, 6. Gloria Bartlett, 7. Muriel Walker, 8. Alma Sheehy, 9. Joyce Maxwell, 10. Beryl Weston, 11. Mary MacFarlane. 2nd row front from left: 1. Edna Haskins, 2. Pat Somerset, 3. Del Francis, 4. Dulcie Elliot, 5. Marjoria Rowe, 6. Fay Radcliffe, 7. ??, 8. Barbara Buchanan, 9. Althea Smith, 10. Irene Kassulke, 11. ?? Front row from left: 1. ??, 2. ??, 3. ??, 4. ? Buckley, 5. ??, 6. Bert Reid, 7. Cliff Herd, 8. Don Miscampbell, 9. Aubrey O'Fee, 10. Ted Rowe. Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection: RLPC-001\001679

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1944 Scarborough State School Grade 3 Class.

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1947 Teachers at Scarborough State School. Back row: Messrs. White, Bowles and McMillan. Front row: T. Sherman, Miss Walker, Mr H. Peters, Miss Hogan and A. Cook.

Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection: RLPC-000\000581


1947 Scarborough State School Grade 3 Class. Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection: RLPC-000\000583


1951 Scarborough State School, Grade 7 Class.

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1952 Scarborough State School Prep

Back Row: ? ,?, Jonathon Stevenson, George Porter, ? ,?, ?, ?, Graham Suttor.

2nd Row: Richard Dunstan, ?, ? Davis, Kevin Walker, ?, ?, John Evans, Walter Ireland, Trevor Law.

3rd Row: Christine Kippen, ?, ?, ?, Dianne Lendrum, Robin Lloyd, ?, ?,

4th Row: Heather Waters, ?, Joy Corrigan, Colleen Johnson, ?, ?, Jeanette Hatwell, Elsie ?, Valerie Tayor.

5th Row: Ronald Watt, ?, Robert Kirkwood, ?, Ashley Bartz, Doug Cameron, Barry Mars?

c.1940 Scarborough State School building on Eversleigh Road.


1954 Grade 1b

1954 Scarborough State School Grade 2a

Back Row: ?, ?, ?, Mark Condon, ?, Jon Stevenson, George Porter, Robert Gudge, Colin Clifford.

2nd Row: Walter Ireland, ?, ?, John Evans, Ashley Bartz, Richard Dunstan, Graham Suttor, Alan Thomas, Paul Andrews, Robert Kirkwood.

3rd Row: Tessa Jones, Jeanette Hatwell, ?, ?, Beryl Strathern, Robyn Lloyd, ?, Dianne Lendrum, Joy Corrigan, Deanne Williams,

Susan Thomas, Kay Summerville, ?, Norma Fearon.

Front Row: Elle Henderson, ?, Elsie?, Heather Walters, Christine Kippen, ?, Valerie Taylor

1950 Scarborough State School buildings taken from Eversleigh Road.


1956 Scarborough State School Grade 1VB

Back Row: ?, Jack Beedham, ?, Robert Gudge, ?, Barry Darnell, Paul Andrews, Kevin Walker, Graham Suttor, Bob Kirkwood, Ronnie Wanless, Ronnie Watt.

2nd Row: Richard Dunstan, ?, ?, John Stevenson, Paul Bennetty, Mark Condon, ?, ?, Johnny Evans, Ashley Barts, ?.

rd Row: Colin Cifford, ?, ?, Diane Williams, Robyn Lloyd, Helen O’Hagan, Dianne Lendrum, Joy Corrigan, Hazel Gould?, Gwen Ploughwright, ,?, Valeris Taylor, Walter Ireland.

Front Row: Heather Waters, Janet Hatwell, ?, Susan Thomas, ?, Kay Sommerville, Beryl Strathern, Tessa Jones, Christine Kippen, Norma Ferron, Rhonda Pickford, ?, ?


1960 Scarborough State School Grade 8

Back row: Robert Davidson, Edwin Wright, Peter Hinds. Paul Goopy, Wayne Collenge, ? Plats?, Douglas Ringend.

2nd row: John Meharry, Jack Beedham, Doug Justins, Jonathon Stevenson, Paul Andrews, ?, Alan King, Robert Gudge, Ian Hill.

3rd Row: Lorraine Haggett, Jeanette Hatwell, Kay Sommerville, Jeanette Lacey, Heather Duncalf, Lesley Reberger, Marilyn Anderson,

?, Caroline Corscadden, Beverly Purkiss, Denise Watson.

4th Row: Michael or David Herbert?, Beryl Strathern, Beryl Yarrow, ?, Col Ackred, ?, Lesley Bowler, Deanne Williams, Robert Kirkwood.


1960 Scarborough State School Grade 6b:

1968 Scarborough State School :


If you have any information on the unknown names in the above class photos, please contact us.


Scarborough State School c.1970. From the Moreton Bay Library Collection: RLPC-000\000614

1993 Scarborough State School Pre-School Centre at Scarborough on the southeast corner of Eversleigh Road and Scarborough Road.

Photo by Ian Harding from the Moreton Bay Library Collection: RLPC-001\001479


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May 19

I attended Scarborough State School from 1951 to 1958 excluding years 3 and 4 when i was at boarding school in Charters Towers, i remember all of my teachers, especially Mick Carmody and Colin Archred, loved my time at Scarborough State School


Mar 25

Great photos I attended Scarborough State from 1951 to 1958 grade 1 to grade 8 teachers I remember were Miss Wearing, Miss Walker, Mr Carmody, Mr Bruce and Col Arckred, Principals I remember were Mr Nicholson.

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