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The honour roll commemorates former students of the school who served in World War One.

The parents and friends of former scholars who attended the Vermont state school, and who have enlisted, attended at the school on Saturday afternoon, September 11, to witness the unveiling of a most beautiful and well-designed honor roll to perpetuate the memory of those who bravely volunteered to go and fight abroad for King and country. The board, which is about 5 feet by 4 feet, with the names of 43 volunteers painted in with gold leaf, is beautifully polished and pannelled. It is a new design, very artistic, and will be a great ornament to the school. The unveiling ceremony was performed by Mr. Long, of the Education department, in the absence of the minister of education.

Mr. Cooney, the head teacher, presided, and there were also present Crs. Halliday, Fankhauser, and Tainton, and ex-Cr. Husband. Mr. Cooney, in introducing Mr. Long to the large assemblage, spoke in high terms of the children whom he was about to leave. He had had a very pleasant two years at Vermont, thanks to the parents of the children who had always given him every assistance. He was pleased to mention that, with the assistance of ex-Cr. Husband, the department had decided to have some improvements done to the school, which will prove to be very beneficial to the children. The people of Vermont should be proud of their honor roll. Vermont had done well, and they were quite justified in erecting the honor rolls to commemorate their act of unselfishness.

Mr. Long eulogised the parents, whose sons' names appeared on the honor roll. He had five at the front, three being in the A.I.F. and two in the navy. The board would be a lasting tribute to those who came forward in their country's hour of need. Mr. Long read several interesting letters from the front, which explained the patriotism and loyalty of those names who were inscribed on the honor roll. A few well-rendered national items were then sung by the girls, which were highly appreciated. Ex-Cr. Husband, in moving a vote of thanks to Mr. Long, said he was proud to see his son's name on the honor roll. The latter started to attend that school when he was six years old, under Mr. Watchorn who he was pleased to see there that afternoon; now and he was 26, fighting for his country. Cr. Fankhauser, in seconding, was pleased to hear of the improvements to the school mentioned by Cr. Cooney. It was a hard thing to get the school committee together, owing to them living was so far apart. The National Anthem was then rendered. 
Reporter (Box Hill), 5 October 1917.


Address:Nurlendi Road, Vermont Primary School, Vermont, 3133
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.837644
Long: 145.194228
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 11th September, 1917
Source: VWHI, MA
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