Remains In St Bathans

Bravery Will Have It’s Reward

I’m rather fond of old buildings and their history, there’s something deeply fascinating about them and going through the process of discovery. This is the former school at St Bathans which was closed in 1949 with a roll of 7. At its peak the school roll reached 40 pupils but as the gold rush in St Bathans died and prospectors moved on, the school roll declined. The stone building was built in 1875 using a ninety-pound grant from the Otago Education Board and a Grand Ball was held to mark it’s opening.

It’s hard to imagine how cold the stone building must have been in winter with just an open fireplace to fight against the cold of Central Otago where ink sometimes froze in the inkwells on the desks. The building (which is heritage-listed) was recently on the market with a 3187 square-metre section for $185,000.

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