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Sassafras_Heart of the Hills_Rowan Smith

Sassafras_Heart of the Hills_Rowan Smith

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Centennial History 1994
Centennial History 1994

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"The Heart of the Hills"..
The Centennial History of 
Sassafras Primary School Number 3222
and Its Place in the Sassafras Community 1894-1994
Rowan Smith1994
Sassafras State School at the Sassafras Library and Mechanics Institute c.1898. Head teacher George Jackson; fiftytwo pupils are in the photo. This is the earliest known picture of the school.
"The Heart of the Hills"..
The Centennial History of Sassafras Primary School Number 3222and Its Place in the Sassafras Community 1894-1994
Rowan Smith1994
"Can you, my dear reader..step with me on to the magic carpet of your childhood's imaginations,and fly with me to the nearby village of Sassafras, perched high on its eyrie on the summit of thelittle blue smear across the eastern sky.." 
("The Dandenongs: A Guide to Melbourne's Great Playground" Fern Tree Gully ProgressAssociation, 1925)
 Dedicated toall the Children of the Little "Sassy" School ... Past, Present and  Future...
The Sassafras School
The Sassafras school was a curious thing  It stood in the scrubwhere the lyrebirds sing.Where parrots and thrusheswent by on the wing,Or dallied to bathein the shadowy spring. Its wall were of tree fernsthe spongy floor too, All cut from the treesthat there all around grew.The roof was of shingles good blackwood in hue, And dark were the rafterswhere squeaky bats flew.The place leaked in bucketswhenever it rained, Light glanced through in spasmswhere the window was paned.The doorway was reached by a track deeply veined, By dozens of rivuletsthat kept the place drained.T’was the first in the rangesto assemble the classes,Where deep shaggy mosshad replaced city grasses.The beginnings remembered each year as it passes, Bring honor to it that to all others, surpasses.
(from Jack Lundy “Ballads From the Dandenongs” No.11, reprintedin “Sassafras Primary School Bulletin”, Summer 1985.)3

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