Education was pretty raw a hundred and fifty years ago. Imagine a dozen or more kids squashed on a couple of long benches, scraping their feet on the dirt floor of a slab and bark shack, reciting letters of the alphabet, while the untrained teacher pointed with his cane.
The plaque pricked my curiosity when I first saw it. 38 years is a long time at a single school. Was the plaque put there in appreciation of Mrs Peerman's long service? Was she in fact the longest serving teacher the school has had? What more did she contribute? In other words, what is her story?