Retaining links with the past

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Historic links: Rye’s Old Schoolhouse.

Historic links: Rye’s Old Schoolhouse.

RYE Historical Society has completed repairs at the Old Schoolhouse, and up-graded its displays inside its small museum.

As well as using its own funds, support has come from Rye Primary School, Southern Peninsula Community Fund, Bendigo Bank, Mornington Peninsula Shire (through grants), Lions Club of Rye, and Rotary Club of Rosebud/Rye.

The society paid for the exterior painting of the Old Schoolhouse – the second oldest public building in Rye.   

“We are very proud of the fact that we have, over three years, preserved this schoolhouse, for many years to come,” secretary Pauline Powell said.

“Built in 1923 it replaced the 1875 timber building and is special to generations of present and former families. The oldest building is St Andrew’s Church opposite in Lyons St.”

The museum is open Sundays 2-4pm. A Monster Book Sale on the Queen’s Birthday weekend (13 June) will be to help build up the society’s funds.

“This will also be an opportunity for the public to come in over three days to see the changes,” Ms Powell said.

Opening hours are 10am-4pm Saturday, noon-4m Sunday and 10am-2pm Monday. Books, jams and indigenous plants will also be available.

The society’s next monthly meeting is 8pm, Monday 27 June, in the Rye Primary School library. All welcome.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 7 June 2016

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