Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Yallingup Siding School

The Group Settlement schemes of the 1920s and 1930s were an economic and social disaster. There are many stories of hardship from this era. In these days where false advertising is not permitted it is hard to understand how a government could advertise in British papers offering working farms and entice migrants to Australia where they were given an axe and taken into the karri forest to clear their own land! Many walked off the land.

The Cape to Cape region is one area where group settlement schemes were established. Small communities sprang up everywhere, and facilities such as schools were established. Here is a shot of the Yallingup Siding school that is still standing today (although in pretty poor condition).

Yallingup Siding School

Yallingup Siding School


2 responses

  1. The schools were so small back then but very disciplined.

    August 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

    • Yes – Thanks Peta. These schools were part of the Group Settlement Scheme. Small schools in the middle of the bush probably because many of the kids had to walk to school. I think the discipline was part of the culture of the day – respect your elders etc. It is sad to see many of these places disappearing – they are part of the history of the area.

      August 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

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