School’s 100th party

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Pemberton and history fans alike descended on the town at the weekend for the Pemberton School 100-year anniversary for three days of activities, nostalgia and tours.
Camera IconPemberton and history fans alike descended on the town at the weekend for the Pemberton School 100-year anniversary for three days of activities, nostalgia and tours. Credit: Supplied/Mel Arnold

The Pemberton community and beyond came together at the weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the old Pemberton School.

From Friday to Sunday, people attended various events to celebrate the the school’s history.

People came from throughout the State and even the Eastern States to attend activities.

Event co-organiser Ros Piper said the event went well across the weekend.

“The sundowner was where a lot of people caught up, some of whom hadn’t seen each other for 50 years since school,” Mrs Piper said.

“It was really lovely.”

On Saturday, a short local film was aired and people were encouraged to bring along their old school photos and stories.

A bus trip took people out on an early settlers’ route to highlight the Pemberton region’s history.

Saturday’s festivities finished with an old-time dance at the Mill Hall, where about 70 people turned out.

Following a community church service led by Donald Jackson on Sunday morning, there was a tram tour to the Cascades which about 40 people attended.

The 100th anniversary celebrations finished with a Sunday roast dinner at the Pemberton Mill Hall.

Mrs Piper thanked the Pemberton community for their involvement.

“It was a big community effort,” she said.

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