Merewether Public in Henry Street celebrates 125th anniversary

MEREWETHER Public School students have taken to the stage to perform an original play, Legends of Merewether, to mark 125 years in Henry Street. 

Principal Greg Culhane said the school also re-instated its World War 1 honour board and rang the original school bell 125 times, which its 166 students “thought was hilarious”.

He said demand for what was long known as the Glebe School was born as subdivisions extended into Merewether West.

Residents went to the government in 1888 saying there were 555 local children under 14. 

Mr E.C. Merewether donated two acres of land and the school was built for £1700.

It opened on January 19, 1891 with 305 students.

By the end of that year there was 345, plus a playground fence to separate girls and boys.

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