1. School of Arts

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School of Arts

In 1866 this land was reserved for a Post Office. Up until 1879 postal services were delivered by Cobb & Co to the Bluebell Hotel and after to the Emu Park Hotel.

In November 1883 Emu Park’s first Post and Telegraph Office was built and opened on this site. The Post Office was then relocated to the Railway Station and in 1982 this building became ‘The School of Arts’.

The Post Office was eventually moved to Pattison St, where the Edmistone family ran it for 65 years until 1998.

Emu Park  School of Arts and Dance Hall

A Library was opened in 1902 with 1,145 books. The first Librarian was Rose McLelland. She and future Librarians were not paid but lived on the premises rent free. In 1921 Mary Morris, who had been the Librarian before WW1 and continued until 1934, was instrumental in having a dance hall built on land beside the Library. Beside the hall were tennis courts and two croquet courts facing Pattison Street. The hall burnt down in 1945.

The committee that ran the Library didn’t have any money for books. Books were sourced from the community and this can be attributed to Tom Smithwick. He became Secretary of the School of Arts Committee and his wife, Victoria, took on the role of Librarian in 1936. Tom collected books and delivered them to the residents on his bike. He was responsible for a credit balance in the bank for the first time.

Croquet Ladies playing at Emu Park
Croquet Ladies

As there was no Government assistance in those days, they built up a private library and in 1938 opened a newsagency over the road which included the Library.

The building became a Medical Centre from 1983 and was entrusted to the Emu Park Museum in June 2007.

School of Arts location from the Railway Precinct.


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