Five Dock Public School

Five Dock Public School began in 1861 with 36 pupils in a stone building in the grounds of St Alban’s Anglican Church. It continued as a denominational school until 1876 when it transferred to a new building with teacher’s residence in West Street, Five Dock.

The photograph above is of the ‘Boys’ school’ in about 1921. A separate Girls’ department was established in 1920.

To coincide with the 75th anniversary, Souvenir of the Five Dock Public School Jubilee, 1861-1936 was published, recording the early years of the school. This booklet is now quite rare so it has been digitised and added to Canada Bay Connections image library.

What are your memories of Five Dock Public School?

Posted on October 25, 2012, in Five Dock and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Roslyn commented: I attended Five Dock from 1944 till 1950. Remember the teachers and fond memories of Miss Swan, Mrs. Dwyer, Mrs O’Rielly and headmistress Mrs. Cruickshank. I then moved on to Burwood High. I remember winning the Marjorie Hill memorial prize, what an honour.

    Kerrie commented: I started school in Kindergarten in approximately 1961. I went through infants and primary. My sister and brother also attended. It was a wonderful school. We would like to try and have a reunion.

    Ray commented: I was boys school captain in 1958. My elder brother John was boys dux in 1954. Both of us progressed to Fort Street Boys High. I retain many cherished memories of my time at the old school, both of the students and the fine teachers we were privileged to have.

    • Marjorie commented: My Great grandfather owned a house called ‘Bayview’ which was demolished to extend the school. I presume his children attended the school. There were seven of them. My great grandfather was William Thomas and Matilda.

  2. Local Historian, Joan Francis commented:

    I was told that during World War I, Five Dock school was short of teachers and the number of pupils had grown. My Auntie Eva Mudie, a former teacher, had left the school when her daughter Maisie was born and her sons were attending Five Dock school. The headmaster Mr. Berman asked her if she would come back to teach. She said she couldn’t as Maisie was only three. Mr. Berman said, ‘That’s OK, Maisie can sleep in my office’. So she did!! Women’s Lib was alive and flourishing!! It shows how Mr. Berman was ahead of his time.

  3. Joan added further details about her Auntie Eva Mudie, a teacher at Five Dock Primary School:

    Eva Louisa Mudie (1881-1942) married Frederick (‘Bill’) Mudie in 1904 at Gilgandra where she was teaching.

    Eva and Bill lived at Hampden Road, Abbotsford, ‘in the last house before the bush’. Bill was proprietor of the quarry at Denning Street, Drummoyne.

    Eva left teaching after her children were born but returned to teaching during World War I at Five Dock Public School and later Drummoyne.

    Eva taught primary, especially English reading, music and art teaching. She was also an active Red Cross organiser.

    Eva left Abbotsford in 1922 to live at Annandale and later Cecil Street, Five Dock. She moved to Warrimoo in 1929.

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