PUNGAERE & WAIPAPA SCHOOLS

                       
 KERIKERI, BAY OF ISLANDS

The following data is taken from a large File, the pages 
of which are very  brittle and ever so hard to handle. The 
File is  about 4cm deep, with the pages secured, top right, 
with an old and rusty oversized sort-of staple-cum-button, 
and the pages are fast disintergrating!!!.  As you may 
imagine, the writing varies from scribbled to copy-plate, 
in pencil and pen, and was quite difficult to read.  Use your 'find' facility 
                                    when looking for names.             

 On the 6th February 1892, the Board of Education, Auckland,  Published a
      Notice, announcing the names of those persons qualified to be elected
     Members of that Board, to fill the vacancies caused by the retirement of 
                  Mr. BUCKHURST, Mr. LENNOX and Mr. LUKE.
They were: 
Edmund BELL... William Blythe BUCKHURST... Heywood CRISPE
      Margaret Lillian Florence EDGER... John Liddell KELLY... 
              Samuel LUKE and George Maurice O'RORKE.

On the 2nd April 1892, a Petition was posted to the Board of Education, 
Auckland requesting that a School be established in the Pungaere District 
of Keri Keri. (sic)
It was signed by:-

P.J.SMYTH
Geo. Usher GRAHAM.
John GRAHAM
George BILLINGS
Jacob BILHAM?
Thomas ROGERS
Thomas LYLE?
Geo. PRESHONE?
Joseph DOWLING
Francis F. MAOR-AE
Wm. HEARN.

The following List of  local children was attached:
NAME                         AGE                DISTANCE FROM PROPOSED SITE
John SMYTH               13                 20 chains
James SMYTH             12                        "
Mary SMYTH               10                         "
Frank SMYTH              8                         "
George SMYTH             6                       "
William SMYTH           5                          "
Mary FYFE                  14                 mile   (Has attended Okaihau School)
Jennie FYFE               13                        "                    "
Janet FYFE                 10                        "                   
Lizzie FYFE                  8                         "       (Has attended Totara Nth. School)
William FYFE              7                         "
May FYFE                    6                          "
James H MACRAE     14                   3 miles
George H MACRAE    12                        "
Duncan A MACRAE     8                         "
Kenneth B MACRAE     5
Mary E BILLINGS        7                    1 miles
Catherine R BILLING   6                        "
Alice PRESTON          13                    1 miles
Charles PRESTON      11                      "
Florence PRESTON      7                      "
Edwin PRESTON         5                      "
Archibald FULLER      8                     3 miles
Isabella HEARN           6                      "
Henry FAITHFUL       9                   3 miles
William FAITHFULL 8                        "
Euphemia FAITHFULL 7                      "
Charlotte HEWSON       13                 4 miles
Robert HEWSON           11                      "
Esther HEWSON             6                      "
Kate SHEPHERD          13                     "  
Robert SHEPHERD        5                      "  

UNDER 5 YEARS
Hilda SMYTH               3                     20 chains
Honora SMYTH            8 months            "
Adeline FYFE               4                     mile
Robert FYFE                 2                        "
David FYFE                 1 month              "
Anna M BILLINGS      3                      1 miles
Ethel PRESTON           4                      1 miles
Mabel ROGERS           3                   14 chains   
Lily ROGERS               1                        "
Baby ROGERS             1 week                  "
Florence BELUS           2                     12 chains
William BELUS           6 months               "
Alfred FAITHFUL       4                   
Emily FAITHFUL       2
Irene FAITHFULL      1
Baby FAITHFUL         5 months
Baby SHEPHERD       6 months   

Accommodation for a teacher was available at either Mr. HARRIS' or
Mr. FULLER'S Boarding House.

TENDERS RECEIVED FOR SCHOOL HOUSE
Site of 10 acres, Surveyed by Mr. NEUMANN.
11-4-1893. Edmund WRIGLEY, Rendel Place, Eden Ter. AUCK.           230.
11-4-1893. Ernest DAVIES, Whangaroa.                                                   190.
11-4-1893. W. COOK & Son, Waimate North.                                           234.  
23-5-1893. George HATCHER & David FORSYTH, Mt. Roskill ,Auck.  250
23-5-1893. George HERON& Robert HERON, Bell Rd.,Remuera.Auck. 215
23-5-1893. G.SMITH, Sheehan St., Ponsonby, Auck.                               210

On the 19th June 1893, "G. SMITH commenced the erection of Pungaere 
School."   The Schoolhouse was completed by Aug. 1893.
21 Sept. 1893, Messrs. MITCHELL & WATT suggested that a Fence should 
be  erected, around the Schoolhouse property. "Cost approx. 7-10-0." 
3 Nov.1893, Mr. H.G.COUSINS was appointed Teacher of the Pungaere School.
On 15th. November 1893 the School was formerly opened .

17 July 1913  a Request was sent to the Education Board, asking for information
regarding the likelihood of a School being built at Waipapa, on Mr. RIDDELL's
property.  Reason given was that the nearest Schools were too far away for the little 
ones. Kerikeri being 3 miles,  Pungaere 5 miles and Ohaiwai 14 miles. It was 
signed by Arthur Edwin WHITE. The  Request was accompanied by Form Listing 
the particulars of Families concerned..
These were:
Frank WHITE, Farmer of 122 acres Freehold. 
Arthur WHITE, Farmer of 800 acres
Freehold. W? EARL. Farmer of 200 acres Freehold. 
W. COPELAND, Farmer of 240 acres. 
Tom ROGERS, Farmer of 50 acres Freehold. 
Mary SMYTHE, Farmer of 50 acres Freehold. 
William PRESTON. Farmer. 

Names of Children:
Benjamin WHITE        6 years
Emma WHITE             7  "
T. Sashine? WHITE     3  "
Harry WHITE               9  "
Betty WHITE                6  "
Jean WHITE                5  "
Arthur WHITE             2  "
Hazel PRESTON         14  "
Earnest PRESTON      12  "
Mabel PRESTON        10  "
William PRESTON      8  "
Walter PRESTON         6  "
Lydia PRESTON          3  "

This Request was turned down by the Education Board. A letter, recd. 1 Oct.1913,
signed by N.R.McKENZIE, Inspector , states that the children could easily be
conveyed to the Kerikeri School..

The Residents reapplied in 1915 and the application was granted. Letters to the
The Education Dept. in November and December of 1915, are signed by the
Secretary...H.F.SANDEMAN, on Nov. 20th., and  Arthur WHITE, on Dec 6th.
R. P. RAY was assistant Secretary.  

On the 22nd Jan. 1917, the Ministry Of Education agreed to pay 5 per annum 
for the Rental of Waipapa School.

TEACHERS
The new School was to be opened in February 1916... "A Miss Magdalene 
SHERMAN, at present practicing at Totara North, and shaping remarkably 
well, would be willing to take the position of Teacher." Signed Maurice 
PRIESTLEY, Inspector.   However, correspondence shows that Mr. A.G.
WHITE  sent a message to the Education Dept. on March 15 1916, stating ..
"The Residents 'desire' that the appointment of a Teacher be deferred until 
they can guarantee an attendance of nine (children) or over as they are unable 
to provide free board and residence for the Teacher." Signed R.P.J.RAY. Asst. Sec.

The final decission was deferred, while messages went to and from the Waipapa
Parents and the Ed.Dept., debating the number of children,  Teacher's salary and 
lodgings for same, right through to August 1916, when Mr. William HALL, of 
Russell was appointed temporary Teacher and instructed to open the Waipapa 
School on Sept. 1. 1916..  Miss Magdalen E. SHERMAN, of Saies, was authorised 
as the temporary Teacher, on 22 Feb,. 1917. Miss SHERMAN resigned in Dec.1920. 
Mrs. Dorothy  SMITH was appointed in her place.

Hilda FITZGERALD was a Teacher at Waipapa in July 1922.
Winifred NATHAN was Sole Teacher at Waipapa in March 1925

In Feb. 1921 there were 21 pupils attending Waipapa School, and Miss SMITH
wrote to the Ed. Dept. requesting that the area be fenced. "The COPELAND, 
SMYTHE, CHURCHIS (sic) and PRESTON children have 4 miles to walk and
neither she nor they could ride because their horses wandered off"! This request
was refused!  

On the 10th. Feb. 1922, an Application was made for the Establishment 
of a new School at Waipapa. Families Concerned were:-

HEAD OF FAMILY.                                    CHILDREN
WARD. G.A.B.  Farmer of 585 acres......... Thomas Robert  4
                                                                     Robert John  2
N. McDOWELL. Engineer ........................ Veeda  13
                                                                     Bertha  11
                                                                     Mary   9
                                                                     Irene  8
                                                                     Nathan  7
                                                                     Ian  5 
H.B.FISHER. Farmer of 216 acres .......... Arthur  11
                                                                     Hilda     6
Arthur Edwin WHITE. Farmer   .............  Betty  14
                                                                     Jean  13
                                                                     Teddy 10
T COVICH. Settler   ............................... .. Gladys
                                                                     Mark
                                                                     Miller
                                                                     Standly (sic)
                                                                     Ana
Charles R. PRESTON . Farmer................  Mary   14
                                                                     Alice  12
                                                                     Mavis  9
                                                                     Jessie   6
George Peter KLINAC. Farmer  ...............   Tony  14 
                                                                     Ancy ? 13    

Remarks: 
With regards Teacher: "Man preferred. Less trouble."  (Hmmm!!PMW)    

On the 14th. April 1922 G.H.PLUMMER, Inspector replied, refusing
the Application!

PETITION RELATING TO WAIPAPA SCHOOL. June 17. 1924
Request  that the Board of Education Acquire and Improve the Waipapa
School..    Signed by:-
E. O'NEILL                                        M. SMITH/SMYTH
A. BOWYER                                      A.M.CHURCHIS
M. BOWYER                                     H. C. IRELAND
K. IRELAND                                      K. SMITH
M. COPELAND                                 B. MURRAY
W. GOULTON                                   T. VAN TOLICH
L. MCDOWELL                                C. FISHER
H.B.FISHER                                     H. T. BATES
L. BATES                                          A.C.MURRAY
W. LINDSAY                                     J. W. JEFFERIES
E.A. WARD                                       Guy H. B. WARD
R. CLEAVE                                       J .T. HENDERSON
G. M. KEMP                                     Edwin B. TAYLOR
J. S. FULLER                                   L. SCOTT
A, WHITE                                         M. WHITE
C. WATERMAN                               J. P. KLINAC
Mrs. G. KLINAC                               K. KLINAC
N. MCDOWELL                               M. E. TOLICH
Manly HITCHON                             A. E. ROBINSON
Charles PRESTON                           Ethel PRESTON
J. SHEEHAN.

This request was turned down and the Waipapa School was declared "Not
Available" as from January 1925.  The Pungaere School was also closed
and the building moved to Kerikeri..(can't find a date) and discussions began 
regarding a new School on the Pungaere site. The building to be of 417 sq.
 feet.  Cost 365.

LIST OF FAMILIES CONCERNED IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF 
                    NEW PUNGAERE SCHOOL.  29th. July 1925.

William COPELAND. Farmer. ....................... Pat  13
                                                                           Mary 11
                                                                           Kathleen 9
Charles PRESTON . Farmer.  ......................... Alice  15
                                                                           Mavis 12
                                                                           Jessie 10
                                                                           Gilbert  6
William GOULTON. Farmer  ......................... Mary Anne 6
                                                                           Ellen 5
                                                                           Ruby 4
                                                                           Diamond 3
Edward MARSH. Farmer ............................... Joe  15
                                                                           Hugh 13
                                                                           Lily 11                          
Arthur CHURCHESS, Farmer.......................  Maitland 13
                                                                           Eric Arthur 11
                                                                           Harold 10
                                                                           Iris 8
                                                                           Lloyd 6
? McTAVISH. Farmer....................................  Jean 11
                                                                           Jack 10
                                                                           Molly 9
                                                                           Gladys 7
                                                                           Murdoch 3
Mary SMYTH. Farmer ..................................   Mick 12
Herbert IRELAND. Farmer   .........................   Grace 12
Arthur JAY. Farmer  .....................................   Arthur Henry 1

    On the 10th. Dec. 1925, the Secretary of the Education Board, wrote to
the Residents, advising that the Building of the new School had been deferred!        

On 9th. Jan. 1926 Mr. S. JAY (Secretary of the Kerikeri and Waipapa School 
Committee),  advised the Board that the Waipapa School was closed, and that 
the Owner of the School Building, Mr. WHITE, was selling the School building 
                                                    for removal.
19th. Feb. 1926.The Education Dept. authorised the School Committee to 
arrange conveyance, from Waipapa and Pungaere to Keri Keri at 1 a day... 
"provided that the number of children approximates twenty-two." to be paid 
                                        by the Education Board. 
On the same day, the Education Dept. authorised a grant for the erection of a new 
School at Pungaere... " The Building is urgently required, as over 20 children
have not received any education since the end of last year. E. PURDIE, Secretary."

TENDERS RECEIVED.  19.3.1926
JOLLY & PRESCOTT, Auckland           459
Giles RODGERS,  Birkdale, Auck,          463
E.& H.CASHMORE, Ponsonby, Auck,   546
B. ROPE, Dargaville,                              585
H.C. CURLETT, Auckland                     597    
The Tender from Messrs JOLLY & PRESCOTT  was accepted.   

23.3.1926. A Letter was sent to all Parents asking were they satisfied with
the Lorry being used to convey their children to KeriKeri School.  Those who
were, signed and returned the Letter. :-
Arthur JAY            Daisy V. JAY          May COPELAND
E. O'NEILL           A. BOWYER          W. COPELAND
M. BOWYER         H. IRELAND         E.A.WARD
Guy WARD            M. WHITE             A. WHITE
B. ROBINSON      M.M.ROBINSON   E. WATERMAN
N. McDOWELL    L. McDOWELL      M. McTAVISH
A.M.CHURCHIS  A.E.CHURCHIS    Sam McTAVISH

Also on 22.3.1926, a Letter was sent to the Education Board, suggesting
that the proposed new Pungaere School was not necessary. That it would 
be more suitable if "One Good School was made - at Kerikeri.." This was 
signed by Guy A.B. WARD .

CHILDREN CONVEYED  TO THE KERIKERI SCHOOL, BY VEHICLE
         HORSE OR FERRY FOR THE QUARTER ENDING 9-4-1926         
       (Mr. H.O'NEILL was the Lorry Driver. S.J.MARKS, Head teacher.)
A.E.WHITE                
C. COPELAND
J. SHEEHAN
M. CHURCHIS
J.McTAVISH
J.McDOWELL
E. CHURCHIS
H. CHURCHIS
T. WARD
R. WARD
L. CHURCHIS
N. McDOWELL
M. McDOWELL
J. McDOWELL
M. COPELAND
J. McTAVISH
M. McTAVISH
K. COPELAND
L. MARSH
J. PRESTON
M. PRESTON
G. McTAVISH
I (J?) CHURCHIS

NEW PUNGAERE SCHOOL
One new Classroom 17'6 x 16.0', together with Porch, Shelter Shed, and
   approx. 23 chains of fencing and gate, was completed on 4-11-1926.  

And at this point the Correspondence File closes as, eventually,  did 
Pungaere School..  The Pupils then attended the Kerikeri School. I will 
endeavour to find the date on which this took place.. 
    

              
Merle WHIPPLE  merlewh@in4free.com.au wrote to me regarding her 
relatives who  attended this School... "Thomas WILSON's daughter Elizabeth 
mar. George PRESTON ( see above). Their dau., Alice, mar. Thomas FYFE 
(see above). They were my G.G.Grandparents. Thomas FYFE was the son of 
Thomas and Agnes FYFE (see Stone Store info.) and two of his sisters mar.
into the  SKIDDER and FULLER families." 
            

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