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A celebration of the former Dunach School building and the people who have been associated with it

March 4, 2023

Extensive work has recently been done to restore the 1874 former Dunach School building, which is now part of Talbot Museum. This is almost finished and Talbot Arts & Historical Museum is planning a celebration and re-opening event for the morning of Saturday 4th March 2023, with the Museum to be open all day.

We’re particularly hoping to welcome people with personal or family ties to the building during its different phases of life – as the Dunach school but also serving that area as a local hall and church, as “Dunach” at Maryborough High School where it served as a stand-alone classroom, as part of the Talbot annexe of Maryborough Knitting Mill and also its more recent roles in the town and the museum. We’re asking people to bring any related memorabilia with them on the day.

School assembly (Patriotic Ceremony)
A traditional school assembly will be re-enacted by the current teachers and students of Talbot PS.

Writing workshop for the children. Using the desks in the restored school building, children will have the
opportunity to practice traditional handwriting on individual blackboards that they can keep afterwards.

Memory wall for the adults. Using different colours of post-it notes representing Dunach, Maryborough,
the Mill and the Museum, participants will write their names on each of the colours applicable to them,
with dates and optional comments, and then stick them on the blank wall in the school. The notes will later
be collected and compiled permanently into a memory book to remain in the school building.

Time for exhibition, recording of memories, reconnecting and viewing the museums
Visitors will have time to move around and between the following activities:
• A significant exhibition explaining and celebrating the history of the former Dunach school building;
• Interviews about memories of attending the building in its various roles;
• Scanning photos and documents (these will be returned immediately); and
• Seating and refreshments will be available and the rest of the Museum complex will also be open
for viewing.

Lunch and end of structured program
Lunch will be available from the Court House Hotel across the road for those who choose to participate, or
visitors can bring their own food.

The Museum complex will remain open during the afternoon.

If you have any queries please contact: Marion Miller, Secretary | talbotmuseumsecretary@gmail.com



March 4, 2023
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Talbot Museum
(03) 5463 2167


Talbot Museum
17 Camp St
Talbot, VIC 3371 Australia
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(03) 5463 2167