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Saunders Road School, Alfredton

Saunders Road School.
Pupils Bill, Jean and Campbell Algie are standing in front.
Saunders Road School opened in 1900. On 5 October 1900, Mrs Emma Cederholm, who lived on Pori Road, wrote to her daughters in Wellington:


"On Tuesday morning we had a visit from Mr Algy who came to tell us about the school. It will be opened as soon as a fence is put round it to keep in the horses.  His niece has been appointed as the school mistress. He also asked if we would attend a service on the next day (Wednesday) to be held at 5 o'clock p.m. in the new school."

Cederholm family. Left to right: Wilsie, Myra, Hilda and Shoo.


The school was destroyed by fire in May 1911. On June 27, 1911, the Wellington Education Board granted three hundred and twenty pounds to rebuild it, lessons in the meantime being held in the shepherd's house on the Saunders' farm.

The school was the heart of the community. Monthly church services were conducted by the Vicar of Eketahuna and the occasional dance was held there.

School picnic at Saunders Road Bush (at the junction with Pori Road)

School picnics were enjoyed by the entire community and, during the 1930s, a tennis court was opened in the paddock across the road from the school.

The school closed in 1935 and the building removed to Aohanga in 1940.

Source: Alfredton: The school and the people, June Edmonds

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